Biking America for Mental Health

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Raised by 76 people in 54 months
My name is David Romano, I am 22 years old, and I have a diagnosis of depression. For most of my life I struggled with the symptoms and shame of depression, especially as a male and an athlete. After many dark years I finally reached out to find the treatment I needed. Since, I have been attempting to change the conversation surrounding mental health and the stigma that is often related. For the past four years I have been traveling the country through the non-profit Active Minds Inc. doing just that by sharing my own narrative.

But I want to do more!

From April 2nd to May 14th of this spring I will be embarking on a journey to Bike Across America for Mental Health; a feat that no one else has completed in the name of mental health. I will begin in San Fransisco and finish in Washington D.C.

Too many people struggle in silence. Too many people loose their lives to suicide.  As I bike across the country I hope to engage as many people as possible, connect with countless communities, and change the conversation surrounding mental health. In doing so together we can destroy the stigma that causes so much pain.

Please also contribute to national mental health non-profit, Active Minds toward further stigma fighting efforts. Donations can be made at  http://t.co/WGJMZu4n0h
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Thank you Duluth News Tribute for the piece in today's paper about the trip!
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Laurence Foshee
46 months ago

Hello Mr. Romano! I googled "bike across america for mental health" and your story popped up! My name is Laurence and I am a 24 year old who was diagnosed with schizophrenia a couple of years ago. Like you I have done a few long-distance rides: one 1300 one that was solo (2012), one 470 mile one with a group for the poverty housing organization The Fuller Center (2014), and an 1800-miler with them this summer (2015). I am very interested in raising money for mental health clubhouses in my area, but I feel like I don't know what I'm doing. Would you be willing to give me any advice? Also, if you ever want to do such an event again, I'd love to join you! I can keep a 75 mile a day average and my pr for miles in a day is 107. Congratulations on your achievement, by the way!

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Rhonda Louise
51 months ago

You are an amazing , thoughtful young man, Mr. Romano! God Bless you for not leaving your experiences in the dust. I commend you for making such a statement to increase awareness as to what mental health encompasses, the sadness and pain people with mental illnesses suffer, and how the stigma adds to the pain. I wish I could join you; maybe one day if this becomes an annual event! Again, God Bless You, David!!

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Mari Monroe
51 months ago

I plan on doing the same adventure soon- for childhood cancer. Good on you! Safe travels, have a blast!

MS
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Mariah Sis
51 months ago

Go Dave!!

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Anonymous
51 months ago
CK
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Chris Keefer
51 months ago

We lost our son to suicide January 2014 at GWU in Washington DC. His backpack is on tour with "send silence packing". We are so encouraged by what you are doing; it will make a difference! You are brave and courageous! Wishing you the BEST of luck. Chris and Christine Keefer

JL
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Julie & Mike Lindgren
51 months ago

So very proud of you. Be safe. Love you!

JN
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Joanna Nelson
51 months ago

Dave, just found out about your trip. You are amazing! Enjoy the ride!

PK
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Paul Knowles
52 months ago
DC
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David Chiarello
52 months ago
DD
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David DeGrio
52 months ago

Thanks for doing this!!!

LB
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Linda Brophy
52 months ago
Laurence Foshee
46 months ago

Hello Mr. Romano! I googled "bike across america for mental health" and your story popped up! My name is Laurence and I am a 24 year old who was diagnosed with schizophrenia a couple of years ago. Like you I have done a few long-distance rides: one 1300 one that was solo (2012), one 470 mile one with a group for the poverty housing organization The Fuller Center (2014), and an 1800-miler with them this summer (2015). I am very interested in raising money for mental health clubhouses in my area, but I feel like I don't know what I'm doing. Would you be willing to give me any advice? Also, if you ever want to do such an event again, I'd love to join you! I can keep a 75 mile a day average and my pr for miles in a day is 107. Congratulations on your achievement, by the way!

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Rhonda Louise
51 months ago

You are an amazing , thoughtful young man, Mr. Romano! God Bless you for not leaving your experiences in the dust. I commend you for making such a statement to increase awareness as to what mental health encompasses, the sadness and pain people with mental illnesses suffer, and how the stigma adds to the pain. I wish I could join you; maybe one day if this becomes an annual event! Again, God Bless You, David!!

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