The Silver Ribbon Story

The Silver Ribbon Campaign was started in memory of our son Matt Roke. His struggle with mental illness ended suddenly and tragically. Our struggle to get him to the help he needed was a difficult one. We loved our son and wish he would have understood how much. Hopefully through this campaign, others who are struggling with mental health issues will be encouraged and find the resources needed. So wear a silver ribbon to show your support for those who struggle and keep the resource card for yourself or someone you know.


More of the story…

  • Inquest announced in Roke death (2/19/2014) - The regional coroner’s office will hold an inquest into the death of Matthew Roke, who was killed in a confrontation with Ontario Provincial Police officers in May 2012. Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion, the Regional Supervising Coroner for the East Region’s Ottawa Office, announced the inquest Wednesday afternoon. Roke, 33, who suffered from schizophrenia, was fatally shot... View Article
  • A ribbon to remember struggles of people with mental illness (5/9/2012) - From the depths of the darkness, there eventually comes light. And from tragedy sometimes comes positive change. With this hope in mind, two friends of Matt Roke’s family have started a mental health awareness campaign in the late Maitland man’s name. The death of Roke, 33, who suffered from schizophrenia, is being probed by the... View Article
  • Man shot dead by OPP needed help, says family (Ottawa Sun – May 04, 2012) (5/4/2012) - BROCKVILLE – – The family of a loving young man who struggled with schizophrenia says he should not have met his end in a dispute with police Wednesday morning. John and Jody Roke, parents of 33-year-old Matt Roke say they do not blame Prescott OPP for the shooting death of their son, who threatened his mother with... View Article