New Sponsor: Gear West

Please welcome our new official sponsor and partner in the effort of defeating the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses, Gear West Ski & Run and Gear West Alpine.
Gear West is located just 20 minutes west of Minneapolis in beautiful Long Lake, MN.
Gear West is a specialty sports campus that specializes in cross country
skiing, alpine, running, paddle sports, ski service and wellness.

Jan Guenther, owner, has been an open supporter of our mission and goals
from the day we met in the Spring of 2015.
We will be working together to bring more awareness through education. We
plan to have panels every so often at the store and bring professionals to
talk about how to overcome mental illnesses, not just in athletes, but
anyone in need of help and hope.

Stay tuned as we are working on our first panel to take place in the month
of October.

Please visit Gear West at

In Loving Memory of Dylan Engen

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Dylan Harlan Engen

01/27/02 – 09/06/16

Funny and caring, Dylan loved the outdoors and anything to do with hunting and fishing. He was playful and loved animals. He is missed and loved very much by his family and friends.

Breanna and Julio will be running the Stagecoach Line 100 mile race in Flagstaff, AZ tomorrow Saturday 9/24th. We are dedicating this race to honor Dylan and his life.
He impacted so many of us.
We will continue our effort to bring suicide prevention awareness through education.

Please join in us in the fight against Stigma – let’s make ok to talk about it!

Cheese Grater Triathlon – Danbana Dash

Help Support Suicide Awareness

Cheese Grater Triathlon Danbana Dash: 5k Run/10‐Mile Bike Ride/Bean Bag Tourney

October 1, 2016. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

American Legion/River Falls WI

Registration 9:00 AM
Danbana Dash 5k 10:00 AM
10-Mile Bike 11:00 AM
Bean Bag 1:00 PM
Silent Auction, Prizes and Music starting at 1:00 PM
Grand Prize Raffle drawing at 5:00 PM

Cost Per Event is $25: includes T-Shirt & Bandana
Participate in all Three Events for $60

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation and in Wisconsin. Every 12 minutes, an American takes their own life. And sadly, many of those Americans are men and women who have served in our military. Proceeds raised this year will help pay for a service dog for a local veteran with PTSD.

Proceeds raised in past events have funded suicide awareness and prevention training (QPR) in local schools and brought nationally known speakers on depression and suicide to our community. They have also provided support to the St. Croix County Suicide Prevention Task Force and the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program.

To register, volunteer, or donate, visit or visit Cheese Grater Triathlon ‐ Danbana Dash on Facebook

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

We at Defeat the Stigma Project are very passionate about this topic.
We see, hear, and some of us have experienced it first hand, the pain of losing a loved one to suicide.
In the next 30 days we will continue to share articles that would help us all educate ourselves on the topic.

We would love to get stories, articles anything to help us bring awareness during this month.

Please kindly email us at


Donations For Mental Health America of Wisconsin

Defeat the Stigma Project is very proud and honored to be working together with Mental Health America of Wisconsin.

During our run across Wisconsin and the entire month of May 2016 we are going to be raising funds for their Suicide Prevention Team.
You can also dedicate miles for a loved one through your donation.

Please help us raise funds to help those in need.

The donation go straight to MHA-WI by clinking on the link below.

Thank you for your support.
Any amount makes a difference!

Donate to MHA-WI  mha-wi

Defeat the Stigma Project – Run Across Wisconsin

A Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, Defeat the Stigma Project (DSP), is planning an 8-day run across the state of Wisconsin to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention. The run will begin on May 7th in Algoma, and end on Saturday May 14th in Hudson.

A welcoming event is being planned for the runners’ arrival in Hudson, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, at the downtown Hudson Bandshell Park. The community is encouraged to come out and welcome these runners in support of this important issue. Food, music, and an in-memorium balloon release will be held.

Last year, the project’s leader Julio Salazar, organized and completed a run across Minnesota. Along the way, Salazar and his two running companions stopped in communities and visited schools to speak out against the stigma that prevents so many from getting the help they need to address mental illness. Too many Americans succumb to mental illness, too often with tragic results. Across the country, and right here in Western Wisconsin, the suicide rate is increasing. More Americans die each year by suicide than from automobile accidents.

For more information visit online, or on Facebook, at

Join us on May 1st for the Stigma Breakers Trail Races

Race Details

When: Sunday, May 1st
What: 10k and 5k
Where: Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Farmington, MN
Start Time: 8:00am for 10k, 8:15am for 5k
Time Limit: 10k – 1.5 hours, 5k – None

Online (Open until 11:59pm on Thursday, April 28th)
-10k $35, 5k $25 through January 31st
-10k $40, 5k $30 through April 28th

Race Day – 10k $50, 5k $35

All participants will receive awesome swag including a sweet Stigma Breakers shirt!

We will be dedicating miles to those whom have been taken from us by a mental illness and/or addiction.

If you wish to dedicate a mile to a loved one, please send an email with their name, DOB/DOD or age and we will take and post a picture of it during our journey across Wisconsin, which is coming up in just over 30 days.

Our email:

Fifty – The Movie

Do you like to be inspired?

Do you love to see good people doing great things?

Imagine doing 50 MARATHONS | 50 PEAKS | 50 DAYS?

But this is not what’s the most impressive part of it.

This feat was accomplished by my friend and true inspirational person, Malcolm Law.

I myself know the effort that takes to run over 240 miles during during 7 straight days, which it is an average of 34 Miles per day in all type of weather conditions. Mal, did it for 50 straight days, climbing!

But, the real inspiration behind all of this is that Mal, Sally (his wife) and a tremendous team of people got not just a whole nation talking about Mental Health Awareness, but around the globe as well! While raising over $500.000.

As our own team is approaching to the date to start running 300 miles across WI and I personally will be covering 400 miles in just 2 weeks, all for Mental Health Awareness.

Watching this movie/documentary has become a motivator and major inspiration for me, I have also asked my team to consider watching this movie prior to the run and I believe that I will have the most inspired people ready to kick some ass-phalt across the beautiful State of Wisconsin.

PLEASE, PLEASE consider buying this movie and support a true hero, who is dedicating his passion for the outdoors to bring so much needed awareness to Mental Health.

I have my own copy- Believe me we spend more money on awful movies in the theaters – this one will feed your soul!