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Tech startup to host event in support of mental health

The event, hosted by Bridgit, supports current employee Ryan Martin in a cross-Canada cycle ride for mental health.

KITCHENER, ON (MARCH 22, 2018) – Software company Bridgit is bringing awareness to mental health with a special event that honours a current employee, Ryan Martin. In May, Martin will begin cycling across Canada to raise awareness and funds for mental health. Martin has named the project MindCycle.

To support Martin’s journey, Bridgit will host the Mindcycle Kick-off Ride on Friday, April 13. The ride will begin at 4 pm in Victoria Park. Cyclers and walkers can join a designated route, ending at Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters for a social. Bridgit hopes to bring awareness to mental health issues by sharing Ryan’s story. The company is encouraging participants to donate to Mindcycle, which benefits the Canadian Mental Health Association.

“When Ryan told us about MindCycle, we were determined to support him in sharing his story,” says Mallorie Brodie, CEO and co-founder of Bridgit. “A kick-off event is a great avenue for our team to celebrate Ryan’s new journey, while helping him raise awareness.”

After years of struggling, Martin was diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar disorder in 2017. Sharing his struggles with friends and family helped Martin achieve a healthier and more resilient mental state. With Mindcycle, he aims to raise the same support for others struggling with mental health. “I am doing this ride because I want everyone dealing with mental illnesses to receive the support, attention, and care they deserve,” says Martin. “I want to help people build the confidence to open up and reach out to someone they feel they can talk to. I want to encourage people to accept that it is okay to experience mental health issues and that they are not alone. And I want to instill confidence in people struggling with mental illnesses and that with the right support, tools, and mindset, they can achieve anything.”

“Tech startups exist in a fast-paced and often pressure-filled environment,” says Brodie. “In the last two years, the conversation of mental health has gained some traction, but it’s still not enough. We’re extending invitations out to a number of other companies in our tech community, and hope to see them join in. My hope is to get more people talking about these issues.”

Martin will begin his cross-Canada journey in May. The ride will take him from Tofino, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland. 

To RSVP for the event, visit the EventBrite page.

Those who can’t join the kick-off ride are encouraged to join the conversation with the tag #mindcycle, or donate to the Mindcycle project.

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