SIMPLE MESSAGE: John Shearer with Black Dog Ride mascot Winston, named for Winston Churchill who was well known to be affected by depression.
SIMPLE MESSAGE: John Shearer with Black Dog Ride mascot Winston, named for Winston Churchill who was well known to be affected by depression.

Ride to fight Black Dog

MOST motorcyclists would agree going for a ride is a good way to unwind and de-stress.

That makes the purpose of Sunday's Black Dog Ride, raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention very fitting.

Organiser John Shearer knows as well as anyone what depression can do to a life, and his message is simple.

"In 1982, I died in a truck smash and was brought back," John said.

"My life fell apart, not so much because of physical injuries, but because of the 15 years of depression that followed.

"I was ashamed that I had a mental illness and refused to talk about it or get help.

"That is the motivation behind my desire to help raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention."

The Black Dog Ride is a national initiative to support the important work Lifeline does in helping people through hard times.

"The message for those suffering in silence is simple - get help," John said.

"Lifeline is an excellent place to start."

Anyone wanting to join Sunday's Coffs Harbour ride can register here  

Check-in starts at 10am for an 11am start from the South Coffs BP Service Centre and finishes at Nambucca Heads with a lunch provided by Lions.



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