My name is Danielle Berman and I have founded Ride Away Stigma to honour my late father, who tragically died by suicide in 1999. It is my mission to encourage open discussion on mental health and illness and help remove the associated stigma. I wish to be able to assist others to feel comfortable seeking help and finding their voice when all seems lost.
I have chosen to cycle from Vancouver to Hamilton starting mid-July 2014. This ride is in honour of the fact that my father was an avid cyclist and had a deep love for adventure and the outdoors. Furthermore, I too have always been happiest outdoors and have found that physical activity has helped during my personal struggles with mental health.
My hope is that through travelling across a significant portion of Canada I will be able to bring awareness to people throughout the country, and in so doing, diminish the stigma associated with mental health and illness.