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Black Dog Riders who rode to the Red Centre in 2011 would have fond memories of Sam. Sam, who rode thousands of kilometres to the red heart of Australia in a highly visible netball outfit in order to raise awareness of an invisible illness, depression. Sam joined the road to the Red Centre again in 2013, although this time, his ride was cut short for the most tragic of reasons, reminding us all of the reason we ride.
The 2013 Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre broke all previous records for participation, engagement and fundraising. 675 Australians (and 2 real black dogs!) riding a collective distance of over 1,762,500 kilometres, with support from over 50 Lions Clubs and 90 local communities, raised over $360,000 for Lifeline and MHFA. Lifeline will be devoting it's share of the funds raised to building the capacity of it's Online Crisis Support chat service.
A member of the Black Dog Ride family, Felicity Loader, works at a Perth primary school and she recently commissioned a project to start the conversation of depression awareness amongst her young charges. Felicity showed the school community that you are never too young to learn about mental wellbeing.
Four years ago, Steve Andrews set off on his solo ride around Australia to raise awareness of depression, a ride he called Black Dog Ride around Australia. Little did Steve know how Black Dog Ride would soon evolve into a nationwide movement of thousands of riders passionate about dragging the black dog out into the communities consciousness.
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.