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!


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Day 22: A green field to Moose Jaw 100km

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Day 16: Bassano to Brooks 49km

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Day 15: Calgary to Bassano 140km

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