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We are thrilled to announce that Ryda Dot Com has thrown it's support behind Black Dog Ride. Ryda Dot Com is donating seven Garmin Zumo 390LM Bike GPS Navigation Units, valued at $799 each, for the Black Dog Ride -1 Dayer!
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.
Lifeline's Crisis Support Chat Service is short-term crisis support for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe. Thanks to the Black Dog Ride's awareness and fundraising campaigns in 2013, Lifeline has now extended its Crisis Support Chat Service an extra four hours, enabling Lifeline to help an additional 2,000 Australians in crisis every month!
Nearly 5,000 riders hit the highways to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention on the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer in 2013, raising over $190,000 for mental health services. Will you be joining us in 2014? With 31 legs of this nationwide ride, you won't want to miss the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer on March 23rd! Ride registrations are open!
The 2013 Ride to the Red Centre raised $360,000 for Lifeline Australia and MHFA Australia, the most ever raised in a single ride in the four years since Black Dog Ride was founded. Here, the Mental Health First Aid Australia Team takes the time to thank Black Dog Ride for the significant impact Black Dog Ride has had upon improving the mental health awareness across the nation.
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.