Black Dog Ride Awards and Honours

The awards and honours Black Dog Ride has received in recognition of the tireless work of Black Dog Riders in raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention across the nation.


2018 Community Act Of Royalty

Black Dog Ride's Betty Parssey and Winston after winning RACT's Community Act of Royalty ProgramEvery quarter three much deserving charitable organisations are chosen for the RACT's Community Act of Royalty Program. Black Dog Ride is honoured to be been chosen as one of these recipients for our work in suicide prevention, particularly reflecting the hard work and dedication of our Tasmanian Coordinator Betty Parssey.

Betty was thrilled to hear the news, "Help is out there and Black Dog Ride encourages people to do reach for that support, and not be ashamed to admit they are struggling with mental health, which is no different to other health issues. Any loss of life is a tragedy and anything that can be offered to prevent this is paramount."

Black Dog Ride will utilise the award prize of $2,000 for our Even Heroes Need A Hand project, funding the Mental Health First Aid Training of local emergency responders,

Thank you the RACT, and thank you to Betty and Black Dog Ride's Team Tassie!


2017 Pride of Australia Award

2017 Pride of Australia Award - NT - Black Dog Ride's Jon BenhamJon Benham, Black Dog Ride's Territory Coordinator, has been honoured for his work with Black Dog Ride by winning the NT Pride of Australia Medal for his selfless, tireless actions which have enriched the lives of his community members.

In 2016, Jon's hard work and dedication increased participation in Black Dog Ride's Darwin 1 Dayer by over 60%, giving Darwin arguably the highest per capita participation rate in Australia, a poignant figure given the NT has double the suicide rate of the rest of the nation.

Since then, Jon has embraced every opportunity to utilise his role with Black Dog Ride to engage NT locals with awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.

Jon said it was humbling to win the award."It's taking away the stigma and creating conversations, this is the first step to making a change," he said.

Black Dog Ride is proud and grateful that Jon's work with Black Dog Ride and his dedication to suicide prevention has been honoured at a national level.

Congratulations Jon!


2016 Volunteer Of The Year

2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award for Black Dog Ride's Todd Taylor The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual program launched in 2007 by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding efforts of the 2 million+ volunteers in NSW, and to promote the importance of volunteering to the community.

In 2016, Black Dog Ride's own Todd Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator for the Port Macaquarie Region since 2013, was awarded The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award in the4 Category of Volunteer Management. Todd's amazing work in coordinating volunteers for Black Dog Ride's annual 1 Dayer suicide prevention activity, with local fundraising supporting Lifeline Mid Coast, is well deserved. Todd says he really appreciates the team effort required to organise local activities."

Congratulations Todd and thank you for your tireless work in supporting Black Dog Ride.


2014 Australian of The Year State Finalist

It gave Black Dog Ride's Team great pride to learn that the Founder of Black Dog Ride, Steve Andrews, had been announced as a State Finalist in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards! Steve was a finalist in the WA Local Hero category for his work as a mental health campaigner with Black Dog Ride.

Black Dog Ride Australian of the Year Nomination

Although Steve Andrews did not win, Black Dog Ride was thrilled to see at least three mental health campaigners nominated, ensuring the national conversation around mental wellbeing and suicide prevention is maintained. To view all Australian of the Year Nominess, click here.


2013 Keeping Our Communities Healthy Award

Black Dog Ride Wins Keeping Our Communities Healthy Award 2013 On 26th September, White Pages® recognised Steve Andrews' dedication to raising awareness of depression by selecting him for the cover of the Perth Residential White Pages®.

Each year, Sensis®, the publisher of the White Pages®, recognises the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the cover. Product Manager Sarah Simpson says, "We are delighted to recognise Steve's efforts keeping his community healthy. He is someone who is making a positive impact on health and wellbeing across Australia."

Steve Andrews felt honoured by the inclusion, "To be recognised on the cover of the phone book for my life's passion is an honour and I hope it continues to raise awareness about mental health and depression."

Click here to read the White Pages Media Release and click here to view the article as it appeared in The West Australian on 02/10/2013.


2012 Pride of Australia Award

On the 8th of September 2012 Steve Andrews was awarded the WA Pride of Australia Medal (Community Spirit) for his tireless and inspirational work raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

Black Dog Ride's Steve Andrews Wins Pride of Australia WA Medal 2012"Steve Andrews founded Black Dog Ride in 2009 following the suicides of his own mother and best mate's wife. His courageous resolve to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention has seen him complete a solo motorbike ride around Australia and coordinate 5 National Rides with thousands of Australians participating. Steve's inspired determination has motivated Australians to raise over $500,000 for mental health services and fostered a culture of mental health awareness around the nation."

Read the Black Dog Ride Blog about the Award ceremony here (includes YouTube video).


2012 Pride of Australia People's Choice Award Finalist

Black Dog Ride's Steve Andrews Finalist in People's Choice AwardAfter receiving the honour of a statewide award for his life saving work raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention, Steve was surprised and humbled by being voted into the National Pride of Australia People's Choice Award. Although Steve didn't win, he came in the top 5 nationwide, a fact Black Dog Ride is rightfully proud of. The work of Black Dog Ride in three short years has lit a beacon of hope in every corner of the nation due soley to Steve's vision and commitment to raising awareness.

Left, Steve Andrews at the Sydney National Pride of Australia Award Ceremony


2012 Suicide Prevention Australia LIFE Award

Black Dog Ride's Steve Andrews wins Suicide Prevention Australia LIFE Award 2012On 11th October 2012, Steve Andrews was awarded the Suicide Prevention Australia's LIFE Award - Healthy Communities (Individual). Suicide Prevention Australia is the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector and promotes collaboration, coordination and partnerships for this cause. This award is a remarkable nod from Steve's peers in the mental health sector to Steve's success in raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

Left. Steve Andrews, centre, with Salvation Army veteran Alan Staines and CEO Sue Murray.

2010 Momentum Forum - Most Inspiring Man of the Year

The Momentum Forum is a networking organisation with a strong charity component. Every year they host the Men in Black Ball to create more awareness about men's mental health and the fight against depression. The Most Inspiring Man of the Year Award is awarded during this time and it was with great pleasure that we learned Steve Andrews was the 2010 recipient. The criteria for the Most Inspiring Man of the Year is one who is an inspiration others, who is able to motivate and touch the lives of others. Anyone who knows Steve and his work with Black Dog Ride would agree that Steve is a most deserving recipient.


2010 ICCWA Community Innovation Award

ICCWA Awards Steve Andrews with a High CommendationJust one year after his inaugural Black Dog Ride Around Australia, and shortly after the inaugural Black Dog Ride for LAMP in south west Western Australia, Steve Andrews received a High Commendation in the ICCWA Community Innovation Award category for his initiative and innovation in raising community awareness of depression. ICCWA were first cab off the rank in recognising the potential and importance of Steve's vision with Black Dog Ride, which has now raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health services and is touching the lives of tens of thousands of Australians.