Events

Get involved and support mental health! Attend one of our community events held throughout the year, including our national flagship event Ride Don’t Hide.

Check out our Event Calendar for information on our workshops, and weekly and monthly drop-in sessions.

Stay tuned for more information and events!

June 23, 2019 

Check out our 2018 video and photos!

Ride Information:

Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride hosted, nationally, by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health while raising essential funds to support mental health programs in our community.

The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from the beginner rider to the advanced cyclist. 2019 marks the 6th Annual Ride Don’t Hide event for CMHA – Calgary, the only ride in Alberta. Our goal in 2019 is to have 550 cyclists, raising over $175,000.

Where: 

Springbank Park for All Seasons  – 32224A Springbank Road, Calgary, AB

When:

June 23, 2019

How much:

This year, instead of a registration fee, we are encouraging all riders 16 and over to commit to fundraising $100. If you raise $100, your registration fee of $55 for early bird and $65 regular registration will be waived. Children will still ride free. Registration will be open until 12 p.m. on June 22, 2019 or until we reach capacity. Day of registration will be accepted if spaces permits. *Note: Trailers and tag-alongs are not permitted due to the nature of our course. Helmets must be worn. 

What does your registration get you?

Adults and Youth will receive a Ride Don’t Hide t-shirt (Children’s t-shirts are available for purchase); A supportive ride with aid stations (water & snacks) on the 105km and 50km routes; BBQ lunch after the ride; fun festival activities to enjoy after your ride; and a Rider Kit with goodies and swag!

What time:
  • 7:00 a.m.: Registration for 105km ride opens.
  • 7:30 a.m.: Horn sounds – 105km riders take off.
  • 9:00 a.m.: Registration for 50km ride opens.
  • 9:30 a.m.: Horn sounds – 50km riders take off.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Registration for 10/20km ride opens.
  • 11:00 a.m.: Horn sounds – 10/20km riders take off.
  • Noon: Riders begin to return; BBQ lunch and fun activities to celebrate!
  • 1:00 p.m.: Closing remarks and wrap up.

*Schedule subject to change

What:

10km, 20km, 50km or 105km routes – all departing from Springbank Park for All Seasons

  • 10km & 20 km– Family Ride. A terrific option for beginners trying out cycling for the first time, this route follows quiet back roads through the Springbank area and overlooks the beautiful mountains the entire way. 10km too short? Complete two loops for 20km! The number of participants on this route will be capped at 200. Check out the route on Strava! (Elevation gain of 83m, est. moving time of 26 minutes)
  • 50km – uses Highway 22 between Springbank Road and Bragg Creek there/back; This route, designed for the intermediate rider, gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself! Following cycling routes along the roadways in Springbank, this route is full of hills, valleys and a landscape that will take your breath away as you make your way south into Bragg Creek. The number of participants on this route will be capped at 200. Check out the route on Strava! (Elevation gain of 295m, est. moving time of 2 hours and 5 minutes)
  • 105km – uses Highway 22 from Springbank Road to Beaver Lodge (just past Elbow Falls) via Highway 66. The ultimate challenge for even the most advanced cyclists – the 100km route is in a class all on its own! Join a limited number of cyclists for a unique experience as you ride through Springbank south past Bragg Creek and into scenic Kananaskis Country. The number of participants on this route will be capped at 150. Check out the route on Strava! (Elevation gain of 933m, est. moving time of 4 hours and 20 minutes)
Who:

All ages and skill levels from beginner (10km, 20km), intermediate (50km) to advance (105km)

Rider Kit Pick-Up:

Pick-up your Rider Kit filled with goodies, your Ride Don’t Hide T-Shirt and Rider Number ahead of time!

When: Friday, June 21, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: CMHA Welcome Centre – #105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB  T2P 3G9

Safety:

Ensure your bike is safe for the road and make sure you know the rules of the road. All riders are required to wear a helmet. Review our safety document prior to Ride Don’t Hide. Remember: this is a ride, not a race! In the case of inclement weather and/or poor visibility, race organizers reserve the right to suspend the event.

Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region creates awareness, provides education and support for individuals and families living with a mental health or substance use concern, or a loss by suicide. We provide community-based programs, including supportive and independent living, homeless outreach, aboriginal outreach, suicide bereavement and peer support for families and individuals. We work closely with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources.

Ride Don’t Hide raises awareness and funds that make a significant impact in our community. Your donation enables us to continue this essential work in our community. This event will provide essential mental health programs and services including, our Centre of Excellence in Recovery and Peer Support, Recovery College and Youth focused programming.

If you have any questions about the Ride Don’t Hide event, please contact Amy Ball at amy.ball@cmha.calgary.ab.ca or 403-297-1742.

Register Now 

Every year, over 500 people die by suicide in Alberta. Those left behind are left to navigate an often complex grief process that comes with a loss by suicide. Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an international day to build support and community for those left behind.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is a one day event for individuals who have lost someone to suicide (parent, child, spouse/partner, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, friend, or extended relationships – wife lost a parent or sibling, parent of someone who lost a partner) to come together and connect in a supportive environment. CMHA – Calgary Region works with a group of devoted volunteers to present a day of support, healing, information, connection and hope for those left behind.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Due to the highly emotional and sensitive nature of the day, this event is primarily intended for adults over the age of 16.

The 15th Annual Survivors of Suicide Loss Day will be held in November 2019. Registration will open in September. To receive notification when registration open, please email info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca. For information on the 2018 Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, click here.

Click here to view video and photos from the 2018 Summit!

Dear Schools,

Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region is excited to invite your school to participate in YouthSMART, our school-based youth mental health initiative, during the 2018/2019 school year.

The initiative kicked off October 29, 2018 with the YouthSMART Summit. This catalyst event brought together 300+ “SMART Leader” students and their teachers to participate in a powerful day of sharing, learning, and subject matter co-development.

The event combined large group presentations, local celebrities, inspirational speakers, and small group discussions. It is designed to generate an awareness of mental health topics, while actively empowering youth to take responsibility in leading a climate of well-being and resiliency within their school communities. School teams will utilize their learnings from the day to spark meaningful mental health promotions amongst their peers, and leave the event with year-long, youth-led project action plans to address mental health topics in their school. *Although highly recommended, schools are not necessarily required to attend the summit to participate in the initiative.*

For more information on our YouthSMART Youth Mental Health Summit and our YouthSMART initiative, please contact info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

Upcoming community events being held to raise funds and awareness for CMHA – Calgary Region will be listed here. For more information on holding a community event click here.

Reach out for help

Contact the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region for more information at (403) 297-1700 or email: info@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.