Natalie Packer
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $300.00

My Message

Why I Ride

When I was sick, biking became an addiction for me. Six hours every day, without fail, sometimes more but never less. I didn't know what was wrong with me, why I couldn't stop nor if the cycle would ever end.

Eventually, I met the right people who helped me understand that I was sick. I had an illness, and I needed help. That if I didn't stop the cycle myself, my body would stop it for me. 

And it nearly did.

The journey out was long. The journey was hard. It was lonely. 

And it was necessary. 

After years in recovery from depression, anxiety, and anorexia nervosa, I have become strong enough to return to cycling. I have learned to appreciate what I used to love about this hobby. And I take it one day at a time, knowing my limits and using the support networks I have formed to keep me well.

One in five Canadians lives with a mental illness in any given year, but five in five—all of us—have mental health. You have it, I have it. And we all need to take care of it.

On June 23, 2019, Canadians from coast to coast are riding to connect—to their own mental health, to each other, to their communities, and to the nation-wide conversation on the importance of mental health for all—and I will be one of them!

Because we all deserve to feel well, whatever our mental health experience.

When we don’t talk about our emotions or our mental health we feel alone, and don’t get the help we deserve or need.

So Ride Don’t Hide is a nationwide fundraising bike ride that brings mental health into the open and raises critical funds that support CMHA programs in their own community that help Canadians take care of our mental health.

I’m proud to participate in Ride Don’t Hide 2019 and ask that you ride with me. Join our team as rider or show your support with a donation, if you feel so inclined. This year, we are proud to have Holden join our team "The Cycle Ends Here"...and that is why I ride...I am hopeful that the cycle that has coursed through our family for generations will stop with me.

Thank you!



Location Name
Windsor Essex

My Team

Natalie is part of The Cycle Ends Here
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My Supporters (5)

Mark Ferrari donated $50.00
May 17, 2019 5:15 PM
Lauri Robert donated $50.00
May 10, 2019 5:06 PM
Beth and Sean Lalonde donated $50.00
Mar 11, 2019 8:01 AM
Daryl & Linda Fawler donated an undisclosed amount
Mar 4, 2019 12:38 PM
Dan & Lori Shuttleworth donated $50.00
Mar 4, 2019 11:49 AM


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