On Friday, September 25, one of our Black Dog Riders, Barbara Thomas, was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident while riding through New Mexico. Her husband, who was driving the motorcycle at the time of the accident, was airlifted and is in stable condition. Even during this devastating time, Barbara and Steve’s families have requested that the ride continue on its mission of raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention in America. The resilience of the Black Dog Riders in the face of tragedy is inspiring. We wish the Riders a safe journey ahead and we continue to keep them all in our thoughts.
Over 21 days and 7,000kms, Black Dog Ride will hit the highways of the United States to share our home grown Aussie mental health project with the USA. Black Dog Ride is partnering with Mental Health First Aid USA (National Council for Behavioral Health) to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training scholarships for veterans and first responders.
Due to the nature of their work, US Military Veterans and First Responders (police, paramedics, firefighters) are at high risk for developing depression, anxiety and PTSD, and subsequently have a tragically high rate of suicide. Training Military Veterans and First Responders in MHFA will empower them with the tools to respond to a mental health crisis in an appropriate way, reducing the likelihood of suicide.
Help those who give their all to help others by donating today!
For more info, visit: http://www.blackdogride.com.au/view/rides/2015-usa