Raising Awareness of depression and suicide

Our very own Anthony Merlin is joining hundreds of motorbike riders from around Australia on their week-long journey to the Red Centre with an aim to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

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This year’s Ride is larger than ever before with 500 Black Dog Riders undertaking this epic ride.

Black Dog Ride, now in its sixth year, is a national suicide prevention charity whose mission is to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. Funds raised by Black Dog Riders will support the roll out of Mental Health First Aid’s Teen Program to Australian Schools nationwide, and to build the capacity of Lifeline’s online Crisis Support Chat service.

Black Dog Ride Founder Steve Andrews says, “Fostering awareness of depression and suicide prevention in communities is the best catalyst for prevention.”

To date, this grassroots national charity has raised over $1,800,000 for mental health services across Australia. Last year’s Black Dog Ride around Australia saw 65 riders and crew hit the highways for 32 days over 14,500kms with 450 Black Dog Riders supporting them and raised a total of $411,000 for Lifeline and Mental Health First Aid.

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The 2015 Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre departs from all States and Territories commencing Saturday August 15th, arriving at Uluru on Friday August 21st. Donations can be made in support of the Ride.

Make donations here.

For more information, visit the Black Dog Ride website or contact Black Dog Ride Head Office on (08) 9754 8956.