Jamestown  (CSi)  The 8th Annual Ride To Silence The Sigma was held Sunday July 18. Go to Facebook to view all photos.  

 

On the Wayne Byers Show on CSi Cable 2, Monte Rodacker said, the motorcycle run helps to educate and raise awareness to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health issues, actively striving to prevent loss from suicide.

This year, funds raised will be given to First Link from Fargo.  The organization is a free confidential service available to anyone for listening and support, referrals  to resource/help and crisis intervention.

First Link answers the 2-1-1 help line, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and communicates via text line 898-211. Or call 1-800-273 TALK

In prior years funds raised have benefited the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, sponsored radio ads for suicide prevention, started Sources of Strength , a peer led suicide prevention program at Jamestown High School, and numerous other events.

Monte pointed out that an average of 22 veterans take their lives each day, adding to remember others under stress and may be in crisis, including first responders, dispatcher, and healthcare providers.

Checks can be made to Ride to Silence the Stigma and mailed to: 501 2nd Avenue, Berlin, ND, the address for the Midnight Riders, a non-profit group that raises money for suicide prevention.

Checks will be deposited into this fund, and then a check for the cause will be issued and mailed following the ride, showing that the funds were raised for the Ride To Silence The Stigma.