Youth Suicide Prevention Program
Funded by Black Dog Ride

Cairns teen Declan Crouch was just 13 when he took his life, a tragedy which compelled his devoted Mum Ruth to form the Declan Crouch Fund.

The Declan Crouch Fund has launched the Keeping Them Safe Program, a 4 step plan for high schools to tackle teen depression and suicide.

This 4 step program will be trialled in Cairns High Schools during 2017 and it is hoped that it will lead to a state wide roll out to all QLD High Schools.

Ruth says she devoted time to developing the program because she "wished someone had made it for her and her son."

Black Dog Ride is so pleased to have contributed funding for the development of this program through our Cairns 1 Dayer, organised by the awesome Phil and Vanessa Loudon and Derek Tottle from Coral Coast Riders.

This suicide program honours the memory of Declan, and will save teen lives.

We give a heartfelt thank you to our Cairns Black Dog Riders whose tireless community advocacy has made an immense contribution to this significant youth suicide prevention program.

Black Dog Ride Proudly Supporting The Declan Crouch Fund's Teen Suicide Prevention Programs

You can help Black Dog Ride raise funds for programs like this by participating in our annual iconic 1 Dayer. More info here.

Growing up, my parents constantly told me, "Always leave the world better than you found it." And so that's what we're doing.

Vanessa Loudon
Cairns Black Dog Ride Coordination team