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Jane Mouritz has worked with Indigenous Wheatbelt communities to promote suicide prevention amidst a tragically high loss of life to suicide. Learning from local Elders that they'd like some bikers to come to town to bring men together for solid yarning about suicide prevention, Jane knew who contact to get the wheels rolling on this grassroots project, Black Dog Ride.
Since 2009, dozens of Black Dog Rides and innumerable local projects which raised $1,700,000 for mental health services, have all been organised from home offices. The day had come when Black Dog Ride outgrew these arrangements. Thanks to Busselton Toyota, last week Black Dog Ride moved into a new National HQ!
The 2014 Black Dog Ride around Australia has come and gone, unprecedented in size and scale, it has left it's footprint...or should we say pawprint...across the hearts of thousands of Australians touched by Black Dog Rider's inspiring efforts to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention across the nation.
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!
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.
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.