I’ve been back home from the Black Dog Ride now for five days and I’m just now beginning to get back to ‘normal’ activities. I managed to unpack and wash everything, including the bike. I’ll be rewarding it with a service and new tyres soon. Hard to believe I went through a brand new set of tyres in under a month, but it was for a good cause.
I have no doubt that the Black Dog Ride has accomplished it’s goal to raise awareness of depression and anxiety in men. But what now? Well, the good news is that many people are continuing to ensure that those suffering from depression know that they are not alone, people do care and help is available.
Steve Andrews, founder of the Black Dog Ride, continues his work in raising awareness of depression. Keep up to date with him on Twitter or his website.
Riding4aCause has big plans for taking their message across the United States next year. All the details on their site.
I will continue spreading the word by publishing short videos on YouTube over the next two months. Search on the term blackdogride to find them or subscribe to my YouTube channel to receive automatic notifications of where they are posted.
Many riders have posted photos, videos and stories about the Black Dog Ride and issues related to depression and anxiety that continue to spread the message. Hopefully we can find a place to link those all together at some point.
The Black Dog Institute continues their important research and will benefit from donations collected via the Black Dog Ride.
7 October 2010 is R U OK? Day, a great way to make sure we all keep talking about mental health issues.