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Black Dog Riders in every state and territory ride throughout regional Australia, raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention, culminating in a national meet up in Alice Springs. Be part of this epic unforgettable ride!
On 24th March 2013, from Darwin in the Top End to Kangaroo Island in the Southern Ocean and from the tiny cattle town of Dardanup in the West, to the mining town of Coober Pedy in Central Australia, to the Central Coast on the eastern seaboard, over 4,500 riders and pillions jumped on their motorbikes to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This image, taken by Black Dog Ride Coordinator Nathan at the 2013 1 Day Ride in Sydney, sums up all the reasons that we ride.
It all began with Anna Michael. A vibrant woman with a bright smile, a wife and a mother of two. Her sudden and tragic suicide following a silent struggle with depression was the catalyst for the inaugural Black Dog Ride in 2009.
Meet our Black Dog Ride Ambassador - Angry Anderson.
"Having dealt with depression most of my life and having made a decision years ago to be part of the solution not part of the problem as a basic philosophy to live my life by,..I am proud to be an ambassador to the Black Dog Ride and for any efforts to free sufferers from the grip of depression that the organisation makes in the future,..together we are the solution,..together we can beat this shadowy monster that stalks us,...join hands brothers and sisters for together we are strong,..Angry Anderson,AM"
Remember, depression is an illness, not a weakness and effective treatments are available. It's important to seek help early and with the right treatment most people recover. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be suffering from depression talk to a doctor or another health professional today. If we talk about depression and work together we can make a difference.