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Defence and Emergency Workers save and protect lives. But this demanding work means they may experience the trauma of mental illness at twice the rate of other Australians. At Black Dog Ride, we find that statistic unacceptable and we're doing something about it. In 2017 we're fundraising to provide these heroes with Mental Health First Aid training, so these heroes can identify and respond appropriately to a colleague in crisis, keeping them safe from harm.
Black Dog Ride's goal is to raise $200,000 to fund 500 scholarships.
Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 is bringing hundreds of people together to ride to the Apple Isle, engaging hundreds of communities and thousands people to raise awareness of this cause.
Please, dig deep and support this life saving initiative, because...
Fletcher’s reason for supporting Black Dog Ride
Mental illness is the single most common health issue in Australia, with one in five adults experiencing a mental illness every year and around 45% of Australians experiencing a mental illness at some point in their life. This affects everyone in some way. I’m living with the black dog and my best friend, my dad has lived with it for years.
I know just how important real support from someone close can be to get your head back on track.
Having experienced mental illness at my work and at home in my personal life, I think this is a worthy cause and it blends my love of riding with my desire to do good. It's also a great excuse to get out on the bike with the old man and our close mate Jono.
Jono’s reason for supporting Black Dog Ride
Mental health is a subject I was never comfortable talking about when I was younger, there was this unspoken stigma admitting to having any mental health issue. As I got older having seen My own father battling depression for over 30 years and seeing colleagues at work suffer from mental health issues. I realised it was time to break the silence and start talking about mental health and try to be supportive and be there for people who are battling mental health issues.
Robert who is my closest friend and my best man at my wedding has battled depression for many years, I know in some of his lows we came close to losing Robert, and the terrifying thing for me was on some of those occasions I had no idea how close he was to taking his own life. I have only experienced actual depression myself for a relatively short time after fracturing my back as a postie that led to medical retirement and the end of 10 years in the Australian Army reserve. Around this time, other health issues created a perfect storm of events leaving me battling depression for some time but I was fortunate to have a GP that picked up the signs very early leading to effective treatment.
So going on this Black dog ride with a mate Robert for over 40 years now and his son Fletcher seems like a great excuse to enjoy some time together riding and if we can raise some funds for this good cause then all the better! I see this ride as celebrating life and surviving mental illness and in the hope to of preventing other people taking their own life.
Robert’s reason for supporting Black Dog Ride
Finding the words for my addition to this page has been difficult. Probably because it's so personal. I am no longer depressed, although I struggled with the black dog for many years. Without my family it would have taken me.
I retain the memory of a pit so black, I believed I'd never escape. I retain a subversive fear I will be captured again. I won't.
I understand that my strengths (sensitivity, thoughtfulness, empathy) are also my vulnerabilities. I accept my weakness as the price of my strength.
I'm looking forward to spending time with my son Fletch and friend Jono. Riding our bikes. Meeting new people. Supporting a worthwhile cause.
Life is good.