Two Sherwood Park business owners are going the distance for mental health.
Concrete blonde owner, Chad Stewart and Clear Skies Heating owner Shane Kyle were completing a 900 kilometre bike tour called, Mind over Mountains, when they decided they wanted to do more for mental health.
"During that journey we got to know a lot more about what CASA offers and how it helps people struggling with mental illness and their families that are part of the CASA. At that time we felt we wanted to do more, so Shane and I, second last day before the tour ended, we decided to become title sponsors for the bike ride," said Stewart.
They have committed to raising $75,000 over the next three years, which coincides with CASA's promise to raise $5 million in ten years to help improve front line care for those with mental health and addiction issues.
For Stewart, mental health hits close to home.
"I went through a rough patch in my life and i did struggle with severe depression, anxiety and one point, at my lowest point, I did try to commit suicide, which is scary to think because I was a father, a business owner and a husband," said Sterwart.
Coping with the experience was challenging, but he owed his recovery to his support system.
“We all know somebody that has been affected by mental health or has gone through a struggle in their lives that just has never had that somebody to go to, that somebody to help and if i can stress anything is we need to step up to the plate and help out a lot more," he said.
They will be hosting a variety of fundraising events, including the upcoming Celebrating Courage event on April 14. Then they team up with two Sherwood Park high schools to put on their Tour de Parc bike-a-thon April 20-21.
The CASA Foundation was created in 1998 as a long term investment for mental health needs of people of any age.
There is a CASA house in Strathcona County, added Stewart.