Bridgit’s Ryan Martin: Cycling for mental health
The road to mental health for Bridgit’s Ryan Martin has been a long one. A year ago he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and for several years before that he battled depression and anxiety.
On May 14 Martin will dip his toes in the Pacific Ocean near Tofino, B.C., climb aboard his bicycle and begin a long, daunting journey of a different kind, a 7,387-kilometre trek across Canada to St. John’s, Nfld., all in the name of raising money and awareness for mental health – particularly workplace mental health.
“It’s time to give back,” says Martin, 23.
A Laurier University business grad from Guelph, Martin has worked at Bridgit as a business development and sales rep for a little more than year. The company, which makes a construction management software platform, has not only backstopped his ride, donating the touring bicycle he will use for his journey, but has steadfastly supported him at work as he has grappled with his mental health issues.
“Ever since [Ryan] joined Bridgit, we’ve been able to have a very open conversation with him about his mental health,” says Mallorie Brodie, Bridgit CEO and co-founder.
“And although I can only imagine how challenging and nerve wracking that likely was to bring