Raising Awareness of Depression and Suicide Prevention

By Jason and Samantha's 2017 Black Dog Ride to Hobart

Australia's suicide rate is the highest it has been for at least ten years. In 2015, 3,027 people ended their own lives in Australia, the National Australian road toll for the same period was 1,205. The suicide death toll is more than twice the National Road Toll. 

THE RATE OF SUICIDE IN AUSTRALIA IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NATIONAL ROAD TOLL!! That deserves discussion. That's 12.6 people in every 100,000 dying from suicide.

That's more than eight people every single day. One person every three hours will commit suicide. It is estimated that for every suicide, there are another 30 people that have attempted to end their own life. That's approximately 65,300 suicide attempts each year.

Suicide in Australia has higher cause of death than breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver disease and skin cancer. The ABS recorded 3,027 deaths by intentional self-harm in 2015, the highest number on record.

The average age of someone dying by suicide was 44, compared to a median age of 82 years for all deaths. Intentional self-harm and 'cirrhosis and other diseases of liver' were the only causes of death on the top 20 list with an average death age below 70.
"Suicide was the leading cause of death among all people 15-44 years of age, and the second leading cause of death among those 45-54 years of age".

"In 2015, suicide accounted for one-third of deaths (33.9 percent) among people 15-24 years of age, and over a quarter of deaths (27.7 percent) among those 25-34 years of age."

On October 31st Samantha and I will once again be joining hundreds of motorcyclists on the Black Dog Ride throughout regional Australia, raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention, culminating in a national meet up of Black Dog Riders from every state and territory in the Apple Isle! Hobart, Tasmania.


We believe that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping people with the right tools, we know we can save lives. Please get behind us by donating to the Black Dog Ride and help to support this life saving initiative.

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Anonymous 2017-08-03 21:37:02
50 from me, 10 as a self appointed fine for my 'onedayer ' patch flying off my jacket and 5 from a bonehead who dropped it on the floor at work. Wish I was coming!! Enjoy guys and keep up the good work. Wardy
Graham Ward 2017-08-01 20:08:19
Bruno D'Aprano 2017-08-01 19:06:49
Anonymous 2017-08-01 19:06:05
Go out there and do your thing. It is a real pleasure to call you guys both friends.
Tony Davis 2017-08-01 18:56:52
Nicole Bowers 2017-08-01 18:06:17
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