I ride this year for my childhood friend I have lost to suicide. To my friends that battle depression and anxiety. To all those that are fearful and afraid to ask for help... it's time to make the world think differently about mental illness - for our youth to feel loved and supported when they need it most.
Being a graduate of Columbine High School, I have seen first hand what a horrible tragedy like that can do to an individal and our community. Mental health has too much of a stigma around it. Youth, especailly, feel embarassed and ashamed to come forward to ask for help and it's a problem that needs to stop - immediately. Being a mother of two young girls, I pray and hope every day that I am able to teach my children to have a voice, to stand up for themselves, and to never EVER be ashamed to ask for help. We all must come together to allow for a better resources and a better future for our children.
So as I slowly cycle up these mountain passes, I wiill keep reminding myself that these mountains I am pedaling up and nothing compared to the mountains our youth are climbing every day in the face of mental illness.
Please support our team PSYCHED TO CLIMB on this inaugural ride; and a team I hope to be a part of for years to come!