Suicide Awareness Week: Crisis Support Centre, Alberta Primetime, Avenue Edmonton, 630CHED

Lift The Silence: Suicide Awareness Week

This week is the 12th annual Lift The Silence: Suicide Awareness Week, organised by Edmonton’s Crisis Support Centre and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Edmonton Region.

As part of the week, on Tuesday 10 September (tomorrow) – World Suicide Prevention Day, Bill will be talking about the ride at the Crisis Support Centre’s annual fundraising breakfast. Tickets are still available, and will go to fund the great work the Crisis Support Centre does in our region.

The host of the event is Jennifer Martin, co-host of Alberta Primetime, seen on CTV Two. Ahead of the event, Bill was invited to talk about Hillary’s Ride, sucide prevention, and the need to reduce the stigma around mental health issues on last Friday’s Alberta Primetime (Sep 6).

Watch the interview on CTV Two’s Alberta Primetime

This month (September) an article about the ride was also published in Avenue Magazine (Edmonton). If you’re not able to pick up a copy, you can read it online, or dive to page 74 on this online version.

Bill was also interviewed on World Suicide Prevention Day on Edmonton’s 630CHED Afternoon News radio show. You can listen back to that interview by:


After the Ride

Throughout the ride, Bill Werthmann, Hillary’s father, regularly phoned into Edmonton’s campus radio station, CJSR.

To wrap up the series of interviews, Bill went into the CJSR studio this morning to talk about the success of the ride and to play a tune live. “Stuff That Hurts,” originally by Guy Clark, was a tune that resonated with Bill for the entire ride, and you can hear Bill’s live version of the tune midway through this interview:

CBC Coverage

Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, has been honouring the ride since it’s completion.

Their TV cameras were there at Cape Spear, capturing the final pedal in the team’s cross-Canada journey.

Watch, and read the piece, that has been covered in both Newfoundland, and on the Edmonton mini-site.

On Monday July 15, Bill was in-studio with Radio Noon host, Ramona Dearing, on the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador lunchtime show. Have a listen back to that interview.

Then later that same day he was on CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active show. The podcast from that show includes the interview (podcast available from the CBC for 3 months). You can also hear the interview Bill did the afternoon before the start of the ride.

Atlantic Attention

With only a handful more days of cycling before the riders make it all the way across Canada, the ride and the fundraising events have been garnering a lot of attention. Here is a summary of some of the recent media:

CTV Morning Live, Atlantic

Bill was interviewed on CTV Morning Live Atlantic, a multi-provincial show based in Halifax, this morning. You can watch the whole interview on their website.

News 95.7, Halifax

The Maritime Morning Weekend Edition interviewed Bill’s wife, Betty jo Werthmann on Sunday July 7, hours before she was reunited with her husband after nearly 2 months of being apart, since the riders passed through Southern Alberta.

Skip about two-thirds of the way through the first hour of this show to hear the interview.

The Guardian, P.E.I.

Organizers said they hope the ride not only raises funds but also public awareness about depression, suicide and other mental health issues.

Prince Edward Island’s, The Guardian newspaper covers the ride’s Charlottetown afternoon show.

United Way, Central New Brunswick

On the central New Brunswick’s chapter of the United Way’s blog, they very kindly wrote up their experience with the Fredericton fundraiser:

I was blown away by two things last night: the first was the talent of the artists on stage, the second was the love and support for Hillary, her story and her legacy.

Read the full blog post.

CKUA Radio, Alberta

Andy Donnelly, host of the Friday night Celtic Show on CKUA in Alberta had Bill on the show again on Friday. Let us know if you have a recording of the show.

A Song for the ride from Medicine Hat, Alberta

Ali Sellin was one of the performers at the event held in Medicine Hat, Alta. Here is the song she wrote and performed especially for the ride at the event:

Media Medley

Some of the recent media mentions that we’ve been able to compile:

Upcoming Events:

Moncton‘s News 91.9 morning radio show, McLean in the Morning, had Bill on for an interview on Tuesday July 2nd. We have a private event in Moncton on Friday July 5. (Please get in touch if you have an audio recording of the show)

Charlottetown‘s Buzz On website features the afternoon event we’re having on Saturday July 6th.

Halifax‘s SNAP Dartmouth event listings profile the concert we’re holding in Halifax on  Monday July 8.

Other Mentions:

Quebec‘s Chronicle-Telegraph ran a piece on the ride in their July 3 issue. (Please get in touch if you have a copy of the paper or article, as the linked article is just a stub)

Edmonton‘s CJSR continue their weekly check-in. On July 4 Bill talked about some of the health challenges going into a cross-Canada ride: