Black Dog Rides 2009 - 2013

In 2009, Steve rode 14,500kms around Australia on an epic 26 day awareness raising odyssey which he called his 'Black Dog Ride around Australia'.

Steve carried with him a soft toy, a black dog representing the well know metaphor for depression - 'the black dog of depression' - and fostered community awareness of depression everywhere he rode.

Since then, Steve and his growing team of Black Dog Riders have coordinated dozens of rides and projects to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention in every corner of Australia.

These awareness raising rides have also raised over $2,100,000 for mental health services and have empowered people to start a community conversation of mental health awareness in every part of the nation.

Below are the Black Dog Rides from 2009 - 2016. On the drop down tabs above you can find links to the specific pages about these rides.

  • 2009- July
    Black Dog Ride Around Australia
    - Inaugural Black Dog Ride
    26 days riding around the nation raised $34,000 for the Suicide Call Back Service
  • 2010 - April
    Black Dog Ride for LAMP
    - Inaugural 1 Dayer
    Held in south west WA, 250 riders raised $8,000 for LAMP
  • 2010 - September
    Black Dog Ride
    to the Red Centre
    200+ riders raised $80,000 for the Black Dog Institute
  • 2011 - April
    Black Dog Ride for LAMP

    400 riders participated and raised $10,000 for LAMP
  • 2011 - August
    Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre

    Over 300 riders raised $161,000 for the Black Dog Institute
  • 2012 - April
    Black Dog Ride - National 1 Day Ride

    A massive 2,000 riders in 11 locations carrying 1,300 Winstons raised $66,000 for Lifeline
  • 2012 - August
    Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre

    500 riders raised over $255,000 for the Black Dog Institute
  • 2013 - March
    Black Dog Ride - National 1 Day Ride

    An incredible 4,500 in 17 locations hit the highways to raise over $190,000 for Lifeline
  • 2013 - August
    Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre

    A breathtaking 750+ Black Dog Riders raised over $360,000 for Lifeline and MHFA
  • 2014 - March
    Black Dog Ride - 1 Dayer
    A massive 6,750 riders in 31 locations took to the roads raising $154,000 for Lifeline
  • 2014 - July/August
    Black Dog Ride around Australia
    500 riders hit the highways of Australia and raised $411,900 for Lifeline and MHFA
  • 2015 - March
    Black Dog Ride - 1 Dayer
    6,500 Black Dog Ride in 33 regions raised $101,000 for Lifeline and 24 other orgs.
  • 2015 - August
    Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre
    500 Black Dog Riders raised $300,000 for Lifeline and MHFA
  • 2016 - March
    Black Dog Ride - 1 Dayer
    6,934 Black Dog Riders raised $236,000 for 21 Lifeline Centres and 9 other charities!

Black Dog Ride, Nannup WA, 2012

Black Dog Riders in Nannup, WA, 2012. Photo by Shelley O'Brien.