Being an ex-services veteran and ex-FIFO worker I have seen what depression can do to a person's life, their relationships and their own sense of self worth. Back in the day - it was so easy to just say "Get over it!; Get a grip; Keep a stiff upper lip etc etc" and all the time thinking you were helping. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Since joining up with the Black Dog Ride in early 2017 I have come to understand just how important it is to help people with mental health issues. It has taken a very long time, and the work of a lot of dedicated selfless people, to remove (at least almost remove) the social stigma that has historically been attached to those suffering from mental health issues and to promote an awareness of depression and its inherent end result - suicide. For this work to continue a continuing source of funds is desperately needed. The Black Dog Ride is a fantastic vehicle with which to bring people together, promote awareness, and start that all important conversation whilst raising funds to support our first-response heroes such as Police, Ambos, Paramedics, Fireies, Serving and ex-Service personnel etc. I will always remember the catchphrase to the 2017 Black Dog Ride to Hobart "Even Heroes Need a Hand".