The Black Dog Ride Mission
"to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention."
Black Dog Ride Australia achieves this with:
AN ANNUAL NATIONAL ONE DAY RIDE
The inaugural one day ride set off from south west WA in April 2010 with several hundred riders joining Steve on his day long mission to raise awareness of depression. By March 2018, this national awareness raising activity had over 6,500 riders participate in 41 regions in every state and territory across the nation, ensuring depression and suicide prevention awareness was spoken about in every corner of the continent.
AN ANNUAL NATIONAL LONG DISTANCE RIDE
Steve Andrews set off on the 14,500km Black Dog Ride around Australia in 2009. Since 2010, over 2,000 participants have joined Black Dog Ride on it's annual two-wheeled regional awareness raising adventure, starting conversations around depression and suicide prevention in dozens of towns and engaging thousands of Australians.
These rides support the mission of Black Dog Ride by:
• Engaging and collaborating with local communities Australia wide
• Raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention in communities involved with the rides
• Building important social links for riders, community members, and community groups
• Linking riders and community groups to mental health support services
• Building the capacity of Black Dog Ride volunteers around Australia
• Supporting local business and community groups
• Raising vital funds for mental health services