The inaugural Black Dog Ride across America in 2015 lit a spark which has flamed the passions of motorcyclists and mental health advocates across the USA.

Black Dog Ride is now establishing a USA presence to share and expand it's popular and life saving suicide prevention mission internationally. The first Black Dog Ride USA 1 Dayer will be held in multiple locations nationwide on September 25th 2016.

The Cause

Black Dog Ride USA's mission is raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention in the USA. It will achieve this by:

• Engaging and collaborating with local communities across America

• 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 the USA

• Supporting local business and community groups

• Raising vital funds for mental health services

Black Dog Ride USA is partnering with Mental Health First Aid USA to raise funds to train military veterans and first responders in Mental Health First Aid. Being trained in MHFA will empower military veterans and first responders with the tools to identify and respond appropriately to mental health crisis' amongst their colleagues and peers, a primary tool in the frontline of suicide prevention.

Upcoming 1 Dayers

Since 2010, Black Dog Ride's 1 Dayer has been a successful day-long ride to start communities talking about mental health and suicide prevention. With local communities uniting on one day under one banner, a unified lifesaving message of awareness and prevention is amplified across the country.

In September 2016, the very first USA 1 Dayers will be held in 4 locations across the US. They are:

Santa Fe NM
Amarillo TX
Lancaster PA
Riverside CA

Scroll down for more info on these inaugural Black Dog Ride USA 1 Dayers.

For all US enquiries, please email Black Dog Ride's US Coordinator Skip Schippers:

Amarillo TX 1 Dayer
September 24th


9:00am Meet at Christian Heritage Church 900 S. Nelson Amarillo, TX
Breakfast available for purchase.
10:30am Ride departs
12:00pm Rest stop and lunch at Cross Ministries, Groom TX
2:00pm Return to church for Ride Finale, speakers and door prizes

Contact: Ride Organiser Leitha Bagsby 806-290-1916


Lancaster PA 1 Dayer
September 25th


9:00am Check-in at AM Vets Post 19, 715 Fairview Ave. Lancaster PA.
Breakfast available for purchase
11:00am Ride departs
1:00pm Ride Finale at Long's Park / Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster PA
Live music and food trucks!
3:00pm Event concludes

Contact: Ride Organiser Lisa Basci (717) 285-7121 x30016 or


Riverside CA 1 Dayer
October 2nd


8:00am Meet @ Elk's Lodge 2591, 33700 Mission Trail, Wildomar, CA 92595
Pancake Breakfast provided by local Boy Scouts of America for a $5 donation
9:00am Presentationas and guest speakers
10:00am Ride departs
12:30pm Arrive at Julian American Legion Post #468, 2503 Washington St, Julian, CA 92036
Ride Finale, lunch available for purchase at the American Legion or area restaurants

Contact: Ride Organizer Stacey Mitchell, (951) 675-8579


Santa Fe NM 1 Dayer
September 25th


7:30am Check-in and Breakfast at Santa Fe HD
8:30am Ride departs for Taos NM
10:00am Fuel and Rest stop in Taos
11:00am Rio Grande Gorge Bridge -- Remarks and refreshments
2:00pm Return to Santa Fe HD

Contact: Ride Organiser Rick Ribich, 505-983-6780, 505699-5058 or RRIBICH@COMCAST.NET