Latest News from Black Dog Ride
Five years after the solo ride around Australia to raise awareness of depression which inspired a nation, Black Dog Ride is returning to the ride that started it all. In July 2014 the Black Dog Ride around Australia is back! That's right, 58 riders, 7 support crew, 14,500kms and a circumnavigation of Australia in 32 days!
The 2014 Black Dog Ride - BMW Bike Raffle is now open! This year's prize is the amazing all new BMW R nineT valued at $23,000! All proceeds benefit Lifeline Australia. Be in with a chance to win this beautiful bike and support Lifeline's crisis services, buy your ticket today!
Recently a Black Dog Rider contacted Founder Steve Andrews about the positive impact Black Dog Ride has had on his own family. This man, a grateful Dad, explained how his involvement in Black Dog Ride enabled him to seek help for his own son who was in the midst of a mental health crisis. We appreciate his courage for allowing us to share his words widely in order to give hope and encouragement to those navigating the same pathway through mental ill health.
Black Dog Ride is thrilled to announce that Australia's Number #1 Street Bike Stunt Rider Dave McKenna has joined Black Dog Ride as an Ambassador!
The statistics tell us that 1 in 5 Australians will experience depression throughout their lives. Nowhere in these number does it state that ADF personnel have a different set of statistics. On top of this, the media tells us the huge legacy from the last 14 years of continuous ADF service in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan has been PTSD. With all this in mind, it was decided that the Bendigo leg of the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer would ride to Puckapunyal to show our support for Defence personnel, and raise awareness of suicide prevention in all branches of Defence.
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.