Mental Health

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. 

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, June 17, 2023
5:30am - 5:30pm

Ride from dawn till dusk, or choose your own adventure in the name of mental health and suicide awareness in the Elk Valley. A bike ride for all!

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, December 24, 2022

This year to encourage connection the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force, Stag Leap and leisure athletes are meeting together at 10am on Christmas Eve for a walk, jog or run up to the Montane Hut.

“Hi, it’s me. I’m the problem, it’s me.” Taylor Swift. This line seems to be everywhere right now, and it is catchy! It sticks in your head and plays on repeat. This holiday season as we come together with our friends and family, there will inevitably be some stress and interpersonal conflict to navigate.

If I were to follow the advice of several Tik Tok and Instagram mental health stories I might come to believe: All relationships are toxic, any child who has energy or difficulty concentrating has ADHD, my moody family members are bi-polar and should be on medication, but most medications do not work, and therapy is a waste of time. Unfortunately, some of this messaging can cause significant harm as it can be difficult to tease out the healthy information from the unhealthy information.