Mental Health

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, June 22, 2024
5:30am - 5:30pm

The Elk Valley Suicide Task Force (EVSTF) and the Fernie Trails Alliance are proud to host the Fifth Annual Summer Solstice Ride for Mental Health in Fernie.

There will be a Mental Health Hub set up at Station Square for the day with all riding stages starting there and activities hosted throughout the day.

The first stage, “The Sunrise”, begins at 5:15am and the final stage, “The Sunset” begins at 7:00 pm.

The holidays, for many, are a time of joy, connection, and wonder. Ads sell a narrative of love and family coming together in a neat little package. While this may be the case for many, for those who have experienced a recent loss, this time of year can feel overwhelming, sad, and hopeless. 

With kids back in school or full-time daycare, respiratory illness season is here and it’s a perfect time to change things up a bit and set yourself up for a healthy and active winter season. The goal is not necessarily to avoid illness altogether, but to have a milder course, to decrease complications and hospitalizations, and prevent transmission to those who are more susceptible, like the immune-compromised, young children and babies, and people over the age of 70. 

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, November 16, 2023
7:00pm - 9:00pm

This evening is a unique opportunity to learn more about the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force, discover the resources available in the community, and find out how you can support the organization through volunteer opportunities.

Highlights of the Evening:

Most people are not big fans of change. We often consider those who do not make efforts to change their lives unmotivated or lazy. In reality we often do not consider that change takes effort, our brains like  to do things involuntarily and based on previous patterns.

Last month I was sitting at Freshies with another Fix writer writing. Some friends joined us and expressed a worry that they were interrupting us. I laughed and said, “no if you were, I would just tell you directly,” and they responded with, “can that be your next article?” The need for saying how you feel and what you want directly with kindness. It sure can!

The Elk Valley Suicide Task Force (EVSTF) and the Fernie Trail Alliance are proud to host the fourth annual Summer Solstice Ride in Fernie! Ride from dawn to dusk in the name of mental health and suicide awareness in the Elk Valley. This year, the focus on community, connection and inclusivity continues and collaborations with community partners include Fernie Gravel Grind, Cycling Without Age, Stag Leap and Fernie Leisure Athletes.