FUNDRAISING GOAL: $60,000
FUNDRAISING PROGRESS: $42,902
Funds Raised Will Be Divided Evenly Among the Following Charities:
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) vision is “Sharing Hope and Resiliency”, our mission to “promote collaboration and shared responsibility to prevent suicide and support those whose lives have been impacted by suicide”. We are a volunteer-run organization, and receive no public funding. In collaboration with our many partners we work towards enhancing the capacity of communities, service organizations and service providers to support those who may be at risk of suicide and those bereaved. Funds received from the Ride Away Stigma campaign will be used to develop online suicide prevention and postvention (suicide bereavement) resources and tools for health care providers, including but not limited to, physicians and spiritual care providers. These resources will be available to communities across Canada at no cost.
The Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton believes that suicide prevention is a shared responsibility. Funds received from The Ride Away Stigma campaign will be used to help support families touched by suicide through the creation of a peer support program as well as deliver evidence-based suicide prevention training programs that teach caregivers to identify and compassionately intervene with people experiencing thoughts of suicide.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is the lead agency for mental health care in South Central Ontario, providing a full range of mental health and addiction programs and services to the region. Supporting youth and adults, St. Joseph’s is leading a new era in care and discovery for mental health. Funds from the Ride Away Stigma campaign will support Team Unbreakable, a St. Joseph’s program that is using the proven fact that aerobic exercise has positive impacts on memory, concentration, emotional and overall health to examine the impact of running on forms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. The 12-week program consists of two group runs per week where participants have the opportunity to engage in physical exercise that yields positive impacts on their health, form meaningful social connections and gain a sense of accomplishment through Team Unbreakable’s group participation in a local 5km race at the end of the program. The running group is also contributing to valuable literature on the impacts of physical activity as a possible treatment for anxiety and depression.