Ride Don't Hide 2019
Jun
23
8:00 AM08:00

Ride Don't Hide 2019

Vancouver Island Voices for Eating Disorders (VIVED) is proud to be supporting the B.C. CMHA for the annual “Ride Don’t Hide” event.

“Ride Don’t Hide is a nationwide fundraising bike ride that brings mental health out into the open. Join us for the eighth annual Ride Don’t Hide on June 23, 2019, in over 25 communities across Canada. Ride Don’t Hide is the largest mental health bike ride in Canada with almost 10,000 riders and hundreds more family members, friends and volunteers across Canada taking part, raising more than $2 million each year for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Get on your bike and join the movement. Ride. Don’t hide.”

Everyone deserves to feel well, whatever their mental health experience. In order to thrive, we all need a good sense of self, and we all need purpose, contribution, hope, resilience and belonging. When we  hide from each other and from how we’re feeling, we don’t get the support or help we deserve or need. So, Ride Don’t Hide gives thousands of people across Canada the opportunity to connect—to their own mental health, to each other and to their broader communities, while raising critical funds that support CMHA mental health programs and services in their own communities. Ride Don’t Hide events are welcoming community events that build awareness, inclusion and acceptance, and where everyone is encouraged and supported to speak openly about their own mental health.”

The Cause - Why Ride?

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  • 2/3 of those with mental health issues do not access help, largely due to stigma.

  • Over half of Canadians consider anxiety and depression (53%) to be epidemic in Canada.

  • About 1.2 million Canadian children and youth experience a mental illness, but less than 20% receive help.

  • 85% of Canadians think mental health services are among the most underfunded services in our health care system.

The event takes place from 6:00-12:00 on June 23, 2019. You can register to walk, ride, or volunteer through the CMHA’s website: https://ridedonthide.com/

We will have a booth at the event from 8:00-12:00 on June 23, 2019 (although the actual event starts at 6:00AM). Contact us if you would like to volunteer at our booth (see our contact page for details) or just come by and say hi on the day of the event. We will also be offering rock painting at the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

- The VIVED team

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Painting in the Park
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Painting in the Park

Time for our next event and nicely timed too as June 2nd is World Eating Disorder’s Action Day.

Rocks, art supplies (including paint brushes, paint, stencils, markers, etc.) will be supplied. The paints provided will be outdoor paints, environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Remember creativity is about the process, not about perfection! Rock painting is good practice in letting go of perfection as it's messy in nature.

Afterwards, you are welcome to take your rocks home or place them in your own favourite spots around the city. If preferred, we will collect the rocks and place them in the community for you.

All are welcome to attend! Bring your friends or significant others too if you like.

We recognize that a large part of the individuals in this community are in various places of recovery or are recovered from an eating disorder. We hope this event can be a chance for people to get together and practice some creativity. Conversation around personal experience is of course natural. Many of the quotes or statements painted on our rocks in the past are recovery-oriented in nature and may touch on topics such as body image, diet culture, mental health/illness, etc. But we want to encourage and remind folks that conversation (and the art we create) doesn't have to be limited to just those things, in fact, we encourage it to be much broader!

We do ask people refrain from sharing potentially triggering or graphic details of their personal experience with an eating disorder or other mental health condition.

We will have identified "hosts" of this event who you can contact if you have questions and who will bring supplies, but we would like to remind people that while we are all peers coming together with some common experiences, we are not a replacement for professional supports. We will happily assist you in finding appropriate services/supports as best we can.

We hope this type of event and other community events can become something we can help support more regularly so long as people find it helpful.

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Painting in the Park
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Painting in the Park

  • Beacon Hill Park Victoria, B.C. Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A chance to come together to create some art, build some community, and enjoy the spring sunshine.

Rocks, art supplies (including paint brushes, paint, stencils, markers, etc.) will be supplied. The paints provided will be outdoor paints, environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Remember creativity is about the process, not about perfection! Rock painting is good practice in letting go of perfection as it's messy in nature.

Afterwards, you are welcome to take your rocks home or place them in your own favourite spots around the city. If preferred, we will collect the rocks and place them in the community for you.

All are welcome to attend! Bring your friends or significant others too if you like.

We recognize that a large part of the individuals in this community are in various places of recovery or are recovered from an eating disorder. We hope this event can be a chance for people to get together and practice some creativity. Conversation around personal experience is of course natural. Many of the quotes or statements painted on our rocks in the past are recovery-oriented in nature and may touch on topics such as body image, diet culture, mental health/illness, etc. But we want to encourage and remind folks that conversation (and the art we create) doesn't have to be limited to just those things, in fact, we encourage it to be much broader!

We do ask people refrain from sharing potentially triggering or graphic details of their personal experience with an eating disorder or other mental health condition.

We will have two "hosts" of this event who you can contact if you have questions and who will bring supplies, but we would like to remind people that while we are all peers coming together with some common experiences, we are not a replacement for professional supports. We will happily assist you in finding appropriate services/supports as best we can.

We hope this type of event and other community events can become something we can help support more regularly so long as people find it helpful.

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