As many of you know I am fairly passionate about Mental Health. I live with it and it is incredibly damaging. It is silent and insidious. It's damage is not confined to the sufferer but everyone close to them.
It is great that Mental Health is now being talked about openly instead of whispers behind closed doors. However it has a huge stigma attached to it. This stigma is a silent killer.
I am riding my motorbike to Darwin with Black Dog Ride along with hundreds of Black Dog Riders from all States (and probably in all states). The Black Dog Ride is an annual Australia-wide long distance motorbike ride aiming to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
Since 2009, Black Dog Ride has raised over $2,500,000 for mental health and suicide prevention programs.
Unfortunately it seems we will never outrun the Black Dog no matter how far we ride. It fades into the distance, loses track but somehow always seems to catch up. By talking openly about Mental Health, Suicide and Depression we can all help tame the Black Dog when it does catch us.
I leave Canberra on 9th August meeting with all NSW riders in Dubbo on 10th August. We arrive in Darwin 17th August after about 4000km. There is a dinner with guest speaker Retired Detective Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA - Australia's most highly decorated Civilian. For inspiration have a look at his website https://www.allansparkes.com
Now the hard bit. We are bombarded with requests for donations and this is another. However your donation may be helping you, your family or your best friend. You just don't know it yet. As I said earlier Mental Health is silent.
It would be great if you could help