Cole S.

Coldstream, British Columbia


Michael Schratter: One Pedal at a Time

Michael Schratter rode his bicycle around the world to raise awareness of mental illness and to fight the stigma around it. My project is about Michael, his ride (40,000 kms, 33 countries, in 469 days) and his own battle with mental illness.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Somebody from my hometown (Vernon, BC) was able to accomplish such an amazing feat. He is a positive role model and a great leader. I was happy to do my project on Michael and some day I hope I can do something great like he did. Each and every one of us can make a difference.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Mental Illness is a health issue overpowered by stigma. 20% of Canada's population will deal with a mental illness in their lifetime. Canadians should live in a world where they can speak up about their mental health and get the support they need without discrimination. Everybody is equal regardless of whether or not they have a mental illness.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

By the time I am an adult I hope that the stigma around mental illness is eliminated.