A milestone for mental health in Grey Bruce.
The Canadian Mental Health Association has had a chapter serving local communities for 50 years.
Executive Director Claude Anderson says they are proud of their growth.
Anderson points out the CMHA started in 1964 with a budget of $167 -- now they have a budget of more than three million dollars with 12 programs and over 40 staff.
Anderson believes their work is vital in our communities.
He notes they see about two thousand people for regular counselling and their FAN puppet program reaches about 22,000 children.
Anderson also points out they have eight sites in our region -- and they have partnered with Hope Grey Bruce and Grey Bruce Health Services to form five mental health teams.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the CMHA has released a 30 minute video.
Anderson says it tells the stories of their clients and the support they receive.
The first annual Ride Don't Hide fundraiser for the CMHA is also being held this Sunday, beginning at 7:30 AM.
Anderson says about 200 cyclists are expected to take part, and it will become their signature fundraiser.
To register, go to www.ridedonthike.com