Black Dog Ride is a national charity which raises awareness of depression and suicide prevention. Since 2009, Black Dog Riders have raised over $2,500,000 for mental health services across the nation, and thousands of Australians participate in our local community projects every year which support our efforts to raise awareness of this silent killer, suicide.
The awareness and the funds raised by Black Dog Riders are vital in building and maintaining mental health projects throughout Australia in order to reduce the 8 tragic deaths per day to suicide in this country, and to support the estimated 180 Australians who attempt to take their life every day. Fostering awareness of suicide prevention and acceptance of mental illness is the catalyst for promoting help seeking behaviour which will prevent this loss of life to suicide.
Black Dog Ride’s community and fundraising initiatives have enabled Lifeline’s Online Crisis Support Chat Service to double it’s operating hours, funded the training of hundreds of crisis counsellors within the Australian Lifeline network, funded the training of over 1,000 youth in teen Mental Health First Aid, funded the training of over 65 volunteer first responders in Mental Health First Aid, ensured a Youth Outreach bus in regional WA continued to operate, funded the development of a youth mental health training program in QLD high schools, enabled two Men’s Sheds to purchases tools and equipment to encourage social inclusion activities for men isolated by mental illness and funded technology to enable a regional Headspace Centre to operate online counselling for youth, to name but a few projects Black Dog Ride’s activities have supported.