TRURO – An Olympic champion will stop in Truro on Monday to talk about mental health and share her personal story about depression.
Winnipeg native Clara Hughes, who has won Olympic medals in cycling and speed skating, will arrive at the Colchester Legion Stadium on Monday shortly after 6 p.m. as part of the Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk Tour. She will gave a speech at 6:30 p.m. Also part of the evening will be the chance to win a signed bike jersey, a silent auction and a free community skate until 8:30 p.m.
Susan Henderson, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Truro branch, said it’s important to hear the message of someone who has suffered from depression even though she has attained incredible goals.
“She openly talks about her struggle with depression after winning a gold medal. If an Olympic champion can talk about mental health issues we should all be able to talk about them,” said Henderson.
Hub Cycle on Inglis Place has donated the bike jersey Hughes will sign. More than 20 cyclists will leave Hub Cycle at 5:50 p.m. They will form a parade of bikes to the stadium to greet Hughes. Anyone interested in joining can meet on Inglis Place.
Hughes started her ride in Ottawa and is stopping in 95 communities while biking 12,000 km across Canada to end stigma associated with mental illnesses. Hughes' stop in Truro is sandwiched between visits to Charlottetown and Halifax. She is scheduled to wrap up July 1 in Ottawa.