Depression is something that we have trouble talking about yet it affects so many of us.
So many of us have been touched by this terrible disease but we find it so hard to discuss.
The Black Dog Ride brings people out in the community to see 'what is going on with all of the bikes rolling through town', and we find that we can be having conversations with people who have suffered in silence all of their lives fighting depression and we are the first people that they have ever told. This is a huge part of our mission - to create conversations around this terrible illness and make people aware that they are not alone.
Please, don't be afraid to ask people if they are ok and to listen to them if they are not. Also, remember to ask for help if you are ever suffering from any form of depression that there is no need to bear it alone. There are people out there who are willing to help. So many of us know what this condition is like ourselves.
This cause is particularly close to my heart with the loss of my Godson, Cameron, through suicide.
For the last three years I have ridden the Black Dog Rides with Camerons photograph on my bike, I will be riding with his photograph again this year.