The third annual Bike 4 the Brain ride takes place on September 28th, starting at 8am from the Johnson County Mental Health Center in Mission, Kansas.
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about mental illness and to work toward increased understanding about brain-based illnesses that have emotional and behavioral symptoms. Nearly one in three Americans will experience some form of mental disorder in their lifetime. However, due to stigma and misunderstanding, seventy to eighty-five percent of these people do not get help for their condition. B4B is an effort to help provide information and reduce the stigma of these highly treatable conditions.
“Get a clue about mental illness” is one of the features of this year’s B4B. Participants will learn important information about the frequency, symptoms, treatment, and outcomes related to common brain-based illnesses with emotional and behavioral symptoms by collecting “clues” at learning stops along the bike route.
The rides will be 10, 25, 50, and 62.5 miles. Six rest stops spread along the route will provide refreshments and any needed support. SAG (support and gear) vehicles and volunteers will be on the course to help riders as necessary.
Funds raised from B4B will help support local not-for-profit organizations in Missouri and Kansas that provide services to individuals with mental illnesses. The cost for the ride is $20 per rider at the event and $15 for sign up prior to September 23. Please go to www.bike4thebrain.org to register online or call 913-323-6529 for additional information about B4B.