You may or may not have heard of the Black Dog Ride. On August
17-23, 2013, riders from all around Australia are heading to the
Red Centre to raise community awareness of depression and
Harley Trent and other members are thinking of going on the
ride - ring Harley on 9851 2093 for more information. View
the ride information and FAQ's.
This is an introduction to the
organisation from the founder Steve Andrews:
“It all began 5 years ago following the shock death by suicide
of my best mate’s wife. Some years earlier I had found my Mum
dead, she had also taken her own life. What causes someone to
end their life so abruptly, leaving loved ones and friends
devastated, confused, hurt and often carrying guilt? Depression!
It’s an illness reaching almost epidemic levels in our
community and the leading cause of suicide. I had to do
something to get people talking about the hidden suffering, to
encourage them to seek help, to stop the tragic loss of life. So
in 2009, I set out on a solo ride around Australia to raise
awareness of depression. I took with me a black dog, Winston,
symbolic of the 'black dog of depression' that effects 1 in 7
Since then, Black Dog Ride has brought together thousands of
riders and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for
depression awareness and suicide prevention charities.
Donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Black Dog
Institute to allow the Institute to raise awareness and
education of mood disorders as well as carry out more research
into effective diagnosis, treatment and early intervention of
mood disorders. It makes a real difference in the lives of those
living with depression - and the lives of their families and
Read Steve’s story in full and for more information go to http://www.blackdogride.com.au.