Is the Manitoba RDH Staff Ambassador for 2021
Brandon will be cycling 330 km from just outside Selkirk, MB to Hecla Provincial Park on June 26th and will return on June 27th all to support Youth Mental Health at CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg
Brandon rides so no one else has to ride alone.
Brandon is a novice cyclist who took up this form of activity to support his physical and mental health when COVID hit in March 2020.
Brandon is an Employment Specialist supporting people who are looking for new employment or employment that will support a living wage. Recognizing that many Manitobans many don’t feel like themselves these days, Brandon is riding to not only raise funds for youth mental health but bring greater awareness of how important it is to find the mental health supports early when we’re not doing so well.
The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health. Almost half of our entire population is worse now than before the pandemic. That’s almost 20 million people. But things are even worse for some people: for people who were already struggling with their mental health and for those with a disability. For women, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. For Indigenous people, Black people and other people of colour. For people with low incomes.
Even before the pandemic, 1.6 million people in Canada were missing out on mental health care every year. Now we’re staring down an echo pandemic of mental health issues. We know that the mental health effects of COVID-19—including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, increased substance use—will last long after the pandemic subsides.
Ride Don’t Hide helps people get back to themselves.
In joining this team you are committing to raise $1 for every kilometre Brandon is riding. Find 10 people to give $33 or get creative in making it fun - thank you for all your efforts!
The money we raise will help CMHA get one more person the help they need sooner. It will also reduce pressure on a health care system already hit hard by COVID-19.
Join us—in cheering on Brandon and following his journey on our weekly podcast Well-being Connection, through his weekly 300 blog or through all CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg social media platforms
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