Riders descend on South West roads for Black Dog Ride

THE Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer is here again on March 23 as hundreds of riders will descend on our roads to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

The South West ride will start at Bridgetown at 8.30am and make its way via an 11.00am stop in Nannup to the finish in Busselton around 1pm.

There are 30 other 1 Dayers across the state and the rest of Australia to start the conversation around our mental health.

Busselton resident Steve Andrews began the cause in 2009 when he rode around Australia solo in 26 days.

On his journey he talked to anyone and everyone about mental illness and how important it was to be aware of who might be suffering around you and encourage them to seek help.

Since then Steve’s army has grown with thousands taking on the Ride to the Red Centre as well as the 1 Dayer Rides and the Black Dog Ride around Australia.

Lifeline WA chief executive officer Fiona Kalaf said suicide was Australia's leading cause of death for people aged between 15 and 44.

“While the majority of Lifeline help seekers are women, 80 per cent of all suicides in Australia are by men,” she said.

“The Black Dog Ride One-Dayer has an important role in building awareness of this issue and encouraging Australians, particularly men, to seek help early.” 

The local 1 Dayer on Sunday will end with a barbecue at Sir Stewart Bovell Oval.

Money raised from the events goes to Lifeline to support their suicide prevention services.

For more details or to donate visit the BDR website www.blackdogride.com.au

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