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 14: Rest Day in Calgary

Day 14… REALLY. I cannot believe I have already been on the bike for that long.  I think this trip is going to go by too fast. This morning I was reminiscing about arriving in Calgary.  It was wonderful to…

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Day 13: Canmore to Calgary 107km

I felt myself being almost teary eyed this morning. I was going to be leaving western Canada and the mountains behind, on this ride. I have dreamed of living out west for years and I think after this ride the…

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Day 12: Rest Day in Canmore!

Having traveled through parts of the west coast that I had not been to before or not knowing anyone, Canmore felt like coming home. I have been there only a couple times but I already have my favourite stops to…

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Day 11: Lake Louise to Canmore 87km

When I woke up and looked outside, to that amazing view of Lake Louise, instead of smiling, there were dark clouds, lots of wind and everyone I saw was all bundled up in winter gear.  A little different from the…

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Day 10: A well-earned rest day!

I was surprised how much energy I had in the morning since I had hardly slept. I woke up and had a dance party by myself. I was feeling so accomplished and proud of myself I just had to dance….

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Day 7: Salmon Arm to Revelstoke 103km

Mark was able to join me for the entire ride today and I am always excited to have company on the bike. It was great also to have more time to get to know him.  I definitely found out he…

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Day 6: Winfield to Salmon Arm 95km

I never thought I could be so happy on the anniversary of my father’s death but all day I have been none stop smiles. I had the most wonderful weekend with my friend’s family.  It was so nice to have…

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Day 5: First Rest Day! :)

My first rest day!!! Woo!! This gives me an opportunity to thank my sponsors. Seeking sponsors was a challenging task for me.  I am not in sales nor do I have any business experience.  Throughout the campaign I learned:  how…

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