Wagga Black Dog Ride ‘1 Dayer’ Ignites Protection About Mental Health, Depression & Suicide Prevention | The Daily Advertiser

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WAGGA’s Black Dog Riders concluded their “1 Dayer” event Sunday after traversing the region to spark positive conversations about suicide prevention. The ride was one of 43 to take place across Australia, with Waggas’ course attracting riders from a pinch and from afar to enjoy the scenic scenery while spreading an important message about mental health. Organizer Graham “Bear” Falconer said loud engines roaring through the small town of Riverina draws the attention needed to break down the stigmas associated with depression and suicide. IN OTHER NEWS: “Growing up, if you had problems and you told someone about it, you kind of got ostracized, you know, ‘Drink a glass of concrete and toughen up, you fucking pissed off,’” he said. “We need to get it out there and let people know that there is help out there.” Black Dog Ride has raised millions for mental health programs since 2009 while also promoting mental health awareness across Australia. Not only that, Mr Falconer said the organization itself has brought together a “family” of like-minded people and survivors of depression and suicide who hope to create positive change. “People come on the ride, and they don’t know anyone on the ride, and at the end of the ride, they’re family,” he said. “It’s easy to know that at the end of the day there is hope and to be able to share with friends in a comfortable environment.” Our journalists work hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. To continue accessing our trusted content:



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