Our Charity

First and foremost, our mission is to "raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention."

Fundraising is an important, but secondary goal.

During 2019 we launched a new program for the disbursement of funds, our "Community Grants." The aim of our Community Grants program is to direct money into community based initiatives that truly make a difference right across the country. Here are a few examples of the community initiatives we have funded of late.

Anzac Day Kokoda Trek - 16 REGT RAA ADF (Woodside)

In April a grant of $10,000 was given to 11 members of the 16 REGT RAA to raise awareness of depression amongst the defence community.

Social Seniors Winning Health Battle

In a national first, Probus South Pacific Limited and Black Dog Ride (BDR) are partnering to promote the health benefits of staying socially connected to Australia's 4.3 million retirees.

Recent results from a representative Australian sample found 46% of Australians aged 65 or above felt they lacked companionship at least sometimes, and with rates of emotional loneliness highest in Australians aged 75 or above, Probus and BDR's partnership couldn't have come at a better time.

The pandemic is still being felt, with social isolation gripping some older Australians, leading to loneliness, depression and declining physical health. Probus is more important than ever with evidence indicating retirees who remain social through group activities improve their overall well-being.

Probus and BDR are uniting to spread the word on the psychological and mental health benefits social connectedness brings. This partnership will raise awareness and encourage older Australians to join Probus, a social group helping older Australians make new friends and stay active and engaged in their local communities.


Seeds of Hope Suicide Prevention Network

New Sofas for Reflection & Connection

A grant of $10,000 was given to community based not-for-profit organisation, Seeds of Hope Suicide Prevention Network, to support them in the great work they do in South Australia.

A new community-led initiative is providing a symbol of hope in helping to break down the barriers of mental illness.

The initiative is a collaboration between The Barossa Council, Seeds of Hope Suicide Prevention Network, local mosaic artist Kristin Wohlers and major sponsor Black Dog Ride Australia.

Network spokesperson Sue Raven said the role of a Reflection Sofa is to reduce stigma which is a barrier for people to reach out for help. "We hope the sofas will be a prompt to ongoing discussions about suicide prevention and a place of solace for those impacted by suicide"

"The keys to suicide prevention are connection, education and stigma reduction as well as connecting people to services. There will be a QR code to link to help services on each sofa."

The sofas will feature the sunflower from the Seeds of Hope in ceramic mosaic, and it's hoped they will become a focal point for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day in November.

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Supporting our Emergency Service Workers and their Families

Behind The Seen is a not-for-profit organisation in New South Wales which works to support front-line emergency service personnel. They provide training sessions which focus on developing the individuals' ability to recognise the signs of mental health problems, and break down barriers to seeking appropriate help. In addition, they also provide mental health information packs for first responders in the front line.

Black Dog Ride has recently provided Behind The Seen with $10,000 in funding to help carry out this vitally important work to support emergency services personnel, and their families.

Behind The Seen state that:

the feedback has overwhelmingly stated that the session increased conversations around mental health with colleagues; reduced stigma: clarified organisational support systems; clarified community supports; explained stress and resilience in simple and entertaining ways, motivated positive help seeking behaviours and made families feel included, valued and capable as supports for their emergency services spouses, parents or siblings.

Their training programs cover topics such as:

How do you recognise symptoms of stress in a mate?

He says he's okay, but I can tell he isn't - what should I do?

How do you prepare new recruits for incidents?

How do we overcome the old "toughen up" culture?

How do I deal with my own stresses?

How can we set up our own local support networks?

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Goldfields Region of Western Australia

Another one of our community funding grant recipients is Mates 4 Mates Goldfields. A volunteer organisation operating on the Esperence WA region, Mates 4 Mates Goldfields works to get information about depression and suicide prevention out into the community across the region to help break down negative stigma, give people more information about mental health, and steer people in the right direction to get help. They also run the Living Works Safe TALK workshops to equip people with more knowledge about face to face suicide prevention.

The funding we provided has gone to produce and distribute information (as shown) on various services available in the local area. This one shown is just one of four different versions tailored to different geographical areas including Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Leonora and Norseman. These will be in the form of fridge magnets, making them a great practical resource for people.

We look forward to hearing more from Mates 4 Mates. It sounds like they're doing some really good practical work aimed at suicide prevention in the community.

Marcus Mission - suicide prevention initiative

Marcus Mission is a community, volunteer organisation, that aims to reduce the risk of suicide for young men aged 18-44 years through three main initiatives: skill building for young men, suicide prevention training, and the development of a volunteer mentor network. The program is initially targeting the Gold Coast and Toowoomba regions, with a view to expanding in the future.

“Suicide is a very complex issue, and it requires a whole-of-community approach,” says Glen Wallwork, Suicide Prevention Manager with Wesley Mission Queensland. “With this in mind, we work not only with those at risk of suicide, but everyone around them: their families, friends, networks, and local community groups to build skills, knowledge, resources, and the capacity to tackle this issue.

“Recent studies have highlighted the need for young men to build resilience, negotiate conflict and manage relationship challenges. Supporting young men to develop these skills will assist them to better manage stressful life events that can increase risk of suicide. Using this and other, current evidence-based research, we have designed a range of prevention activities and initiatives to help young men work through what they’re experiencing.”

Black Dog Ride has directed funds to support the volunteer mentoring program. Trained volunteer mentors connect with men experiencing situational distress, such as issues with relationships, work or money. They will meet face-to-face for up to two hours a week for twelve months to build connections, enhance their strengths and develop practical strategies to move forward.

Our focus

There have been many, many beneficiaries of funds raised through Black Dog Ride since it's inception in 2010. 

Black Dog Ride has supported large not-for-profits such as LifeLine, Mental Health First Aid Australia and the Black Dog Institute, with large donations. And, there have been many smaller, community organisations which have received funds over the years. These include community suicide prevention networks, local Lifeline centres, and Headspece centres.

Going forward, our aim is to direct funding into community based mental health and suicide prevention initiatives across Australia. Research suggests that mental health and suicide prevention activities undertaken at a grass roots, community level have been effective in the prevention of suicide and increasing help seeking behavour. There are many community based initiatives which are tailored to the local environment and circumstances, and many of these initiatives are also quite innovative. It is these initiatives that we seek to find and support. We don't have huge dollars to give out, but the money we raise can go a long way to help these grass roots community initiative make a real difference in peoples' lives.

Our Mission

Black Dog Ride's primary mission as a health promotion charity is to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. Black Dog Ride's activities achieve this mission with hundreds of activities each year engaging thousands of Australians, each starting community conversations around depression and suicide, which encourages help seeking behaviour and ultimately prevents suicide. The social value of Black Dog Ride's activities is difficult to measure.

Black Dog Ride continues to strive to meet it's objectives of raising awareness about depression and suicide prevention whilst keeping administrative and operating costs to a minimum. We value our volunteers, riders and supporters as dedicated community advocates, and trust you will join with us on the road ahead to prevent suicide and improve the mental wellbeing of all Australians.

ACNC Registration

Black Dog Ride's ACNC Charity Tick Black Dog Ride is proud to display the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission's (ACNC) "Charity Tick" which lets you know that Black Dog Ride is registered and compliant with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.

The ACNC is the independent national regulator of charities. The ACNC has been set up to achieve the following objects:

  • maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased accountability and transparency
  • support and sustain a robust, vibrant, independent and innovative not-for-profit sector
  • promote the reduction of unnecessary regulatory obligations on the sector.