Ride Away Stigma will be hosting two events this year. The annual event in Hamilton, ON will be on September 24, 2017 in the Dundas Driving Park.

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 continue an annual Ride Away Stigma event in Squamish, BC. We will be raising funds for Sea to Sky Community Services to support mental health programs in Squamish.

Let us work together to continue to show our community how much we support them. Together we can Ride Away Stigma!


Day 52: Little Current to South Baymouth 66km

I was really looking forward to this afternoon as I was going to be presenting at an elementary school here on the island.  A teacher from the school had reached out to me initially to speak to his grade four class.  In…

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Day 51: Rest Day in Little Current

Today was a very emotional day for a few reasons.  Late last night I saw an article about a touring cyclist from Toronto who passed away in an accident.  Graeme Loader and I started our journey on the same day.  I never had…

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Day 50: Spanish to Little Current 100km

As soon as I woke up I looked outside to see the direction of the wind.  After another day battling in headwind I had my fingers crossed that it had switched.  It was initially hard to tell but it looked in our…

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Day 49 Thessalon to Spanish 103km

After a big breakfast of wild blueberry pancakes, eggs and bacon I was ready to start the day. The wind is trying really hard to become friends with me but I am never going to be friends with the headwind….

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Day 47: Rest day in Sault Ste. Marie

It is funny how many of my rest days have been days where I would not want to be cycling due to the weather.  This morning it poured with rain and was very dreary.  I took advantage of the opportunity to catch…

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Day 45: Wawa to Batchawana Bay 150km

I often find after a very social exciting day that I have a challenging time the next day.  I have been very mindful in regards to September 8.  I will have so much excitement and energy built up from the closing ceremonies that…

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Day 44: White River to Wawa 100km

I am really enjoying these late starts though tomorrow I won’t be able to have one, as the distance will be significantly more.  But I am enjoying it today! Today was a very social day.  We saw so many touring cyclists and travellers.  It is…

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