The Black Dog Ride Mission
"to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention."
Black Dog Ride Australia achieves this with:
- AN ANNUAL NATIONAL ONE DAY RIDE
The inaugural one day ride set off from south west WA in April 2010 with several hundred riders joining Steve on his day long mission to raise awareness of depression. By March 2015, this national awareness raising ride had over 6,500 riders participate in 33 legs in every state and territory across the nation, ensuring depression and suicide prevention awareness was spoken about in every corner of the continent. The 1 Dayer has raised over $529,000 for mental health services in just five years.
- AN ANNUAL NATIONAL LONG DISTANCE RIDE
Steve Andrews set off on the 14,500km Black Dog Ride around Australia in 2009. Since 2010, over 1500 riders have joined Black Dog Ride on the annual Ride to the Red Centre, a week long trek to the red heart of Australia, stopping in hundreds of towns to spread awareness of BDR's mission. The annual national long distance Black Dog Rides have raised over $1,601,000 for mental health charities since 2009.
These rides support the mission of Black Dog Ride by:
• Engaging and collaborating with local communities Australia wide
• Raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention in communities involved with the rides
• Building important social links for riders, community members, and community groups
• Linking riders and community groups to mental health support services
• Building the capacity of Black Dog Ride volunteers around Australia
• Supporting local business and community groups
• Raising vital funds for mental health services