Ambo Mark

By Mark Taylor

<p>        We all have an idea of what the Black Dog Ride means to each of us. For me, the most important part is to start as many conversations as I can, particularly with people who wouldn't ordinarily open up about how they might not be feeling emotionally well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Raising money is also important as it helps the BDR sponsor people to receive training in Mental Health First Aid and to help fund Mental Health programmes around the country. The merchandise sold also raises money, and means that the quiet little stuffed black dog named WINSTON sitting behind a counter or on a bookcase or even on a pub jukebox gets a lot people talking.                                                                                                                        My feeling is that Mental Health issues or Psychological injuries should be viewed in the same way we look at physical injuries. Some people need help from the start, other people can get well to a point then they may need some physio/counselling to get back to full health. People are still reluctant to seek help due to the stigma that still remains around Mental Health.                                                                                                                                             I T      I Think starting conversations and helping to remove the stigma is the most important thing we can all do. It's impossible to know most of the time if the conversation you've had with a person has encouraged them to seek help or change the way they are feeling but to do nothing makes it a certainty that we aren't helping at all. We can't expect to walk away feeling positive about the conversation we may have just had, sometimes the positive is that we were there at all;</p> <p>There are some folks out there who will find this pretty raw for whatever reason , I'm pne of them, talk to eachother or make a call to a group  who may be able to say somethings houre needto hear, lend a hand or give you some stratagies you can take on.</p> <p>Please, help me to do what I can to help others.</p> <p>Mark</p>

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Great work, Mark. Have a fun but safe trip while spreading the Black Dog Ride message.
Janet and Stephen McCabe 2018-08-19 21:03:14
Love your work. Hope you have a safe trip Mark!
Carly Olzard 2018-08-12 21:35:47
Take care and good luck.
Megan Rutherford 2018-08-12 13:54:33
Thanks mark. You are a legend for all the good work you do with blackdog.
Lisa Dibley 2018-08-12 08:12:51
And they say chatting is women s work !!! But you know what it needs to be men and women, boys and girls. In times of not coping just talk to someone.. Thank you Mark for going to chat to people and spread the word.
Janelle Reilly 2018-08-12 07:51:51
Hey Mate. Wishing you and all participants a trouble free journey. Stay safe and enjoy the experience. Jan Taylor aka Mum
Jan Taylor 2018-08-11 10:53:20
You re doing a fantastic job to help people that don t know where to turn, to reach out and get support. Thank you Mark
Wendy Boyd 2018-08-06 20:17:29
Great work Mark! Very proud of your efforts
Laura Bitcon 2018-08-06 14:40:32
Have a safe trip. Thinking of you in the wide open land, space and time to think.
Teri Small 2018-08-06 14:12:05
Take care Mark . Have a safe trip. Cheers Dee
Deanna De Jong 2018-08-06 13:00:18
Harry Colfer 2018-08-06 12:35:36
Amazing work as usual.
Evan Watt 2018-08-06 12:35:32
Great work Mark, I admire your commitment to raise awareness about such an important topic. At some point in our lives most of us will have or already have had, thoughts of taking our life, if we know how to talk about it we may ease the suffering and potentially make a big difference in someone s life. Enjoy! Sandra Bond
Regain Psychology 2018-08-06 10:59:45
Good job Mark .. starting conversations is hard due to the stigma still attached to Mental Health Suicide, but we need to start looking at our brain as another organ in the body that gets ill.. mentalhealth nomorestigma startaconversation
Nicki Bradford 2018-08-06 09:53:31
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