The Black Dog
I’ve been struggling with The Black Dog for years and like to think that I have it under control. The reality is, it’s always around and is always testing me.
Personally, I have had much support from family and friends, people who are determined to see me win the struggle, and for that I will be forever grateful.
Unfortunately, the condition carries with it a stigma, and there are those that do not believe that it exists. Worse, they know it exists, but think less of the people who are affected by it.
It’s not well publicised, but many famous people struggle with The Black Dog. Unfortunately we only here about the ones that have lost their struggle. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) & Michael Hutchence (INXS) are two that come to mind.
In 2009 Steve Andrews heard about two close friends that had been affected by The Black Dog and decided to do something about it. On July 26, 2009 he decided to ride around Australia, starting out from Brusselton in Western Australia. 26 days and $34,232.80 later the Black Dog Ride was born. Today the ride has grown to an annual event that has raised over $1.1 million for mental health services.
Supported by thousands of Australian motorcyclists each year, The Black Dog Ride leaves from 30 locations around Australia to help raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention. This year the ride is on March 23.
Even if you can’t do the longer ride, I encourage you to support your local one day ride, and help raise some much needed cash for the organisations that support others.
Some of us are lucky, we manage to keep the black dog on a tight leash. Others unfortunately struggle with the black dog, and occasionally it gets the better of them.
It’s a constant battle.