Hundreds of motorcyclists from all around Australia are set to embark on a week-long motorbike ride to the Red Centre, from August 21 - 27, as part of the Black Dog Ride.
This year will be the third Black Dog Ride, raising money and awareness for the Black Dog Institute, in support of depression and anxiety disorders.
Michael Field, strategic marketing consultant from Sydney will be completing the 3,000km ride from Sydney to Alice Springs.
“This is the first year that I will be participating in the ride. It is a great cause and I am looking forward to the camaraderie and adventure of touring with the Black Dog Riders.
Depression and mood disorders, particularly among men need to be highlighted and discussed openly. The Black Dog Ride provides a great opportunity to start the discussion. Depression is an illness, not a weakness and needs to be treated accordingly. The first step can be to talk about it and discuss it with friends, family, GP or health professional ”
The timing of this years Black Dog Ride is fortuitous, given the Federal Government’s plan to significantly cut funding in mental health from 1 November - in particular, significant cuts to the Better Access to Mental Health program.
A vocal critic of the governments decision, Michael Quinn suffered depression in silence for many years, resulting in a suicide attempt in 2009. He says the Better Access to Mental Health program helped in his recovery- and he believes, ultimately, it saved his life.
“My primary focus at the moment is to do whatever that can be done to get the Government to reverse their decision. Anything that we can do to bring that about, I’m happy to do,” Quinn said.
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