Mental Health Week is May 7 – 13th. Check in on your mental health.
On June 24, 2018 CMHA Kelowna is bringing their fundraising cycling event Ride Don’t Hide back to the community, to be known locally as The Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Ride.
“At CMHA Kelowna, we want to let anyone struggling in silence to know they are not alone,” explains Shelagh Turner, CMHA Kelowna Executive Director. “That’s why we’re dedicating our Ride Don’t Hide event to the memory of two brothers in our community. The Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Ride serves as a rallying point for us all and a reminder that we are not alone.” Turner says there has been a significant shift in the community in recent years, “Kelowna has become more focussed and more purposeful in coming together to talk about the meaning and importance of one’s mental health, and building of community so people do not feel so isolated and alone.”
“I love to ride, and I am passionate about ending the silence,” says Payton and Dillon’s father, Tom Budd. “Being a part of CMHA Kelowna’s Ride Don’t Hide was a perfect fit for my Foundation and family.”
In a significant show of support for CMHA’s 100th anniversary, the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation has come on board as title sponsor for the ride. The Foundation is also sponsoring a group called Budd’s 100 – anyone can sign up, agree to raise a minimum of $100 and have their $40 registration fee waived. The Budd Foundation will match their $100 in fundraising.
Riders of all ages and abilities can register now for The Payton and Dillon Budd Memorial Ride taking place June 24, 2018 at www.ridedonthide.com/bc/ride/kelowna . The ride start and finish line will be located at the Rotary Centre for the Arts with a 6.5KM Kids and Family route, a 20 KM route or a 60 KM Advanced route available. The event will raise money for essential programs services in our community, workplaces and schools – programs that change lives. Programs that save lives.
There is a complex two-way relationship between mental health and substance use and poverty and CMHA BC is taking action to advocate for solutions that address poverty and its related health impacts. Economic security is a key determinant of mental health and well-being and an adequate standard of living is a critical necessity to support the recovery of a person experiencing mental health or substance use-related illness.
In this submission to BC’s poverty reduction consultation, CMHA BC makes 25 recommendations to support the dignity and security of people with mental health or substance use-related problems and those living in poverty.