Help beat the Black Dog

By Andrew Dunn

This is the third year I have supported this very worthwhile event and inspired by my best mates efforts last year, I thought it was time to do it properly and raise some money for this terrific cause.  

I have been fortunate enough to work with young Australians for the last 20 years, and most of them in a Student Counsellor capacity.  During this time I have listened to gut wrenching stories of young people and their families going through really tough times resulting in really poor mental health.  The hardest part of my job is listening to young people say they want to end their life and then have to make the phone call to their often unsuspecting parents to let them know.  On the flip side their are students who seek help and are shown ways to cope with hard times and come out the other side with a different perspective and a toolbox of strategies for when things aren't great.  

The statistics in Australia are confronting to say the least; a quarter of 16-24 year olds currently experiencing a mental health condition, up to half of adult mental health disorders emerge by the age of 14, it's estimated that every 10 minutes in Australia a 16-24 year old attempts suicide which is roughly 76,000 per year and for every road death in Australia there are at least 2 completed suicides.  Imagine if the government put double the money into mental health as they do maintaining roads, paying for road safety campaigns, paying for police to ensure safety on the roads, etc, etc because the same value was put on a person who took their own life as a person who died a tragic death through a road accident.

Enough of the rant, please start a conversation today and get people talking about mental health and suicide, it shouldn't be a taboo topic in today's society.  Talking about it openly and admitting when we aren't travelling the best is a really strong and healthy thing to do and the more we do this the quicker the stigma will go away.  If you had a festering sore on your body you would talk to someone so why not when you have festering thoughts?  At the end of that conversation if you could share this fundraising portal with as many friends as you can, ask them to share it also and then donate that would be greatly appreciated.


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Good to see you guys having fun, Andrew.
Allan / Jenny Fahlbusch 2016-03-21 22:40:21
Includes the cash donations from Mount Barker High and Blackwood High staff
Andrew Dunn 2016-03-19 13:57:06
Gibbs Susan 2016-03-18 14:38:57
Well done Andrew!
Chloe Wilkes 2016-03-18 09:37:16
Elizabeth Thompson 2016-03-17 10:57:24
Great to read what you 're up to, well done Andrew
Jeni Siviour 2016-03-16 16:35:05
Taking a subject that should never be taboo and making it loud. Best.
Naomi Lee 2016-03-15 23:34:05
Love your work.x
michelle sboro 2016-03-15 21:20:47
Great job Andrew. Lesley Squires
Lesley Squires 2016-03-15 10:26:03
Melanie Turner 2016-03-15 09:08:22
David Garrett 2016-03-14 21:18:57
A very worthwhile cause that too often is never talked about especially among young people and men. All the best on your ride let me know how it goes!
Kerry Rowe 2016-03-14 10:59:09
Love your work!
Shayne Tarling 2016-03-13 18:13:33
Tristine Bridges 2016-03-12 21:35:33
Kim Armstrong 2016-03-12 21:05:13
Warren Symonds 2016-03-12 18:28:47
Jeanette Kozikowski 2016-03-12 16:32:31
Marianne Ridgway 2016-03-11 21:48:21
Proud to support you in this cause, enjoy the ride!!
Gail Dunn 2016-03-07 20:32:46
Enjoy the ride x
Tracey Jaffer 2016-03-07 15:29:39
Good work Andrew, lots of love to you xxx
Annette Sharrock 2016-03-06 10:01:45
Well done x
Julie Campbell 2016-03-03 22:26:14
Gay Toome 2016-03-03 18:26:59
Wonderful cause, so critical for us all to raise awareness about suicide and depression.
Kerry May 2016-03-03 09:25:04
Happy to support this worthy cause.
Lyn Wilkinson 2016-03-02 17:01:48
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