Cross-country cyclist raises mental health awareness in Winnipeg
A Hamilton woman cycling across the country to raise awareness of mental health made a stop in Winnipeg on Thursday morning.
Danielle Berman met with some members of the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service, who cycled with her for part of the Manitoba journey.
Berman founded the organization Ride Away Stigma after she lost her father to suicide 15 years ago. She has also wrestled with her own demons.
"I struggled with depression in high school and became suicidal. I wanted to show people that recovery is possible and you can get treatment," she said.
Berman, who's now a social worker, said she's building on the momentum of initiatives like that of Winnipegger Clara Hughes.
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The Canadian Winter and Summer Olympic athlete cycled across much of Canada earlier this year as part of her Clara's Big Ride for Mental Health.
Her 12,000-kilometre journey to raise awareness took her 100 days and went through 95 communities, ending in Ottawa on Canada Day.
Berman's Ride Away Stigma began in Vancouver on July 15 and will end on Sept. 7 in Hamilton. Her goal is to raise $60,000, which she will donate to Canadian suicide and mental health organizations.