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 43: Marathon to White River 91km

Today’s ride is what I think of as a casual Sunday ride.  It was very relaxing and felt easy – just out for a ride with a friend.  I like when I have rides that feel like this and I…

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Day 40: Thunder Bay to Nipigon 108km

I wanted a late start today so I could head out on the water again for a kayak before cycling to Nipigon. Before doing that of course the first thing on my agenda, was food. We started with a bowl…

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Day 39: Rest Day in Thunder Bay

So I believe rest days are for switching up sports and EATING. I started the morning off with breakfast on the beautiful patio where we were staying. It was so relaxing being able to look out onto Lake Superior. Not…

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Day 37: 3000km cycled so far across Canada

It was wonderful to be at this resort and away from cell range. It made me focus on relaxing and recovering from an intense four days of cycling. I enjoyed walking around the property with a tea in the morning…

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Day 36: A bit past Dryden to Upsala 187km

When I woke up I was still cold from the night before and not feeling very well. I decided to sleep a bit longer. Having this later start, by late it only means 9am, I figured that my distance of going…

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Day 35: Kenora to a bit past Dryden 166km

I got out of bed, looked out the window, oblivious of the day and just thought, I should head straight back to bed. I was pretty exhausted from the previous two days of headwind yet wanted to complete my challenge…

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Day 34: Hadashville to Kenora 112km

I woke up excited for this ride as I was going to be cycling into my home province today and I was hoping that the wind would be in a different direction.  Well at least one of those things happened today….

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