Every year in Australia, 1,000,000 adults and 100,000 young people live with depression, 50% won't seek treatment and nearly 3,000 will take their own lives every single year.
Seven years ago a gentleman by the name of Steve Andrews found himself at the funeral of his best mate's wife. Anna was a beautiful woman, a wife and mother whose life was cut short by a silent struggle with depression.
Steve felt the need to raise awareness, to create a national conversation so that people living with mental ill health feel they can talk about it and seek support. In 2009, Steve embarked upon a motorbike journey around Australia and raised $34,000 for the Suicide Call Back Service. Steve took a soft black dog toy with him representing the black dog of depression. Steve called this dog Winston, and his ride, Black Dog Ride.
Steve has built Black Dog Ride into a national suicide prevention charity which has coordinated 141 Black Dog Rides to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
Follow the Tassie ride
RACT is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Black Dog Ride which is happening right here in Tasmania from 10 October – 16 October. They begin their journey in Hobart and travel all around the state finishing at New Norfolk.
To follow their itinerary, or find out more about how you can donate to support this cause, click here.