Ride Away Stigma will be hosting two events this year. The annual event in Hamilton, ON will be on September 25, 2016 in the Dundas Driving Park. A new mountain bike ride will be held in Squamish, BC on September 18, 2016.
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.
In the summer of 2014, I cycled from Vancouver, BC to Hamilton, ON to create discussions and awareness on mental health with the hope of decreasing stigma. Throughout the ride I was amazed by the outpouring of support from individuals, first responders and community leaders. This support went beyond helping me as an individual; rather, it demonstrated how people want to join as a community of support to work towards making a positive change.
I want to foster and build upon the energy that was created through the campaign, by hosting an annual ride in Hamilton, ON for World Suicide Prevention day. With YOUR support, we will raise funds for the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton, focusing of education, training, community awareness, stigma reduction and advocacy. This work is critical to fostering help seeking, reducing stigma and building hope in our communities.
I am excited to announce the launch of Ride Away Stigma in Squamish, BC for the 2016 year. We will be hosting a group mountain bike ride to raise funds for mental health programs in the Sea to Sky corridor
Let us work together to continue to show our community how much we support them. Together we can Ride Away Stigma!