“A lot of young people today are afraid to talk about mental illness because of the stigma that’s attached to it, so we gathered up some musician friends, and hopped on our bicycles and rode across the country to stop the stigma. To let people know it’s OK to talk about mental illness.”
– Bill Werthmann talking on CKCU’s Canadian Spaces
Recent media mentions have covered the concerts in the Capital Region, the upcoming show in Fredericton and the weekly Alberta update:
Ottawa & Perth CKCU Radio
On Saturday morning’s CKCU Canadian Spaces show in Ottawa, Lynn Miles co-hosted with Chris White a wonderful two hours of folk music and discussion around mental health.
Hillary’s father, and rider, Bill Werthmann was interviewed on the show, as was musician David Francey, who was performing that evening at a concert in McDonald’s Corner in aid of the Ride.
Listen to the whole two hour show, or skip ahead to minute 59 for Bill and minute 73 for David. Lynn Miles performs a couple of live songs in the first hour:
Fredericton Daily Gleaner
The Daily Gleaner ran a wonderful article written by Lori Gallagher, on the ride and cause in their June 21, 2013 issue:
Bill Werthmann is biking across Canada in memory of his daughter Hillary, who committed suicide 10 years ago
By LORI GALLAGHER
On May 8, Bill Werthmann began a journey that will take him across Canada, raising money and awareness about youth depression and suicide.
The former Frederictonian is biking from Victoria, B.C., to St. Johns, N.L., in memory of his daughter Hillary, holding fundraising concerts at different stops along the way.
Read the full article (pdf file)
Deseronto Concert coverage in the Napanee Guide
The Napanee Guide had a concert preview to the Deseronto concert. Meghan Balogh wrote a piece that looked at how the charities we’ve partnered with will benefit:
Hillary’s Ride aims to support small groups working at promoting mental health and reaching out to those with mental illness.
“The smaller ones we think are more in need of some of that funding.”
Weekly update on CJSR, Edmonton
Bill once again updated Edmontonians on his weekly CJSR interview, his seventh update. This week he talked about how having conversations about mental health, to any age group, will enable youth to get the help they need, by reducing the stigma around it: