Proceeds from the Forest City Cycling Challenge are used to support Mental Health Care at St. Joseph’s Health Care London.
In 2023, over $60,000 was raised by the Forest City Cycling Challenge and the event has now raised over $150,000 for mental health care over the first three years it has run !!
2023 EVENT PROCEEDS
Proceeds from the 3rd annual Forest City Cycling Challenge will be used to support Mental Health Care at St. Joseph’s Health Care London and more specifically, the MINDS program for research into youth mental health.
Your support will enable the MINDS team to develop new resources and tools that will improve access to care for youth experiencing mental illness.
2022 EVENT PROCEEDS
Proceeds from the 2nd Annual Forest City Cycling Challenge were used to support Mental Health Care at St. Joseph’s Health Care London and the purchase of exercise bikes dedicated to those with severe and persistent mental illness.
In 2022, over $60,000 was raised by the Forest City Cycling Challenge !!
Connection Between Physical and Mental Health
Maintaining good physical health can have a significant impact on mental health.
Regular physical exercise is known to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce stress and increase overall mood.
Physical exercise increases the release of endorphins in the brain, which helps to relieve tension in the body and increase mood.
Source: Canadian Mental Health Association: https://cmha-yr.on.ca/physical-and-mental-health-the-connection/
Did you know?
Mental illness affects everyone at some time either through their own experience, or that of a family member, friend or colleague.
In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
Approximately 20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder.
By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures; however, systemic inequalities such as racism, poverty, homelessness, discrimination, colonial and gender-based violence, among others, can worsen mental health and symptoms of mental illness, especially if mental health supports are difficult to access.
Source: Canadian Mental Health Association: https://cmha.ca/brochure/fast-facts-about-mental-illness/