My name is Kyle Patterson from Calgary, Alberta and I have suffered from mental health issues for most of my 25-year life.
Anxiety and depression took over my life at one point and there is no worse feeling than that. A lot of my anxiety came from food allergies and I would always be on edge or afraid of having an allergic reaction.
This led to me missing classes and social events for many days in a row.
Depression followed soon after. I missed out on countless opportunities in my life due to this.
There would be days and sometimes weeks when I didn’t have the strength to leave my own bedroom.
This all being said, things are going better for me due to the support of family and friends.
These are the reasons I got involved with Ride Don’t Hide.
These are the reasons I fight for others.
**Kyle also had the opportunity to walk from Vancouver to Calgary last summer in support of mental health awareness with all proceeds going to CMHA Calgary.