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Foundation says Ride Don’t Hide helps break down stigma of mental health

The foundation was started as a way to keep Emily Dahl’s spirit of compassion, love, and generosity alive. The Coldstream resident passed away by suicide in January 2019 at the age of 18.

The EDF, which is under the umbrella of The Community Foundation North Okanagan (CFNO), encourages others to sponsor their favourite team for Ride Don’t Hide which raises money for mental health programs for youth.

Leanne Hammond of the CFNO said the event is a reminder to check in on each other, and to recognize the deep distress that results from mental health challenges.

“Reaching out for help requires great strength and should be applauded and encouraged. Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds in B.C., after motor vehicle accidents,” Hammond said.

Click here for details on Ride Don’t Hide.