Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Black Dog Ride Riders out to Spread Word on Depression

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Black Dog Ride Riders out to Spread Word on Depression

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Pamela Frost

pamela.frost@dailymercury.com.au

CHARLES Linsley, of Glenella, was among more than 60 motorcycle riders who rode into Mackay yesterday for a quick stopover on their trip around Australia.

The Black Dog Ride is raising awareness for depression and suicide and is also raising money for services including Lifeline and Mental Health First Aid.

Mr Linsley, who has organised two local Black Dog Rides around Mackay, has never taken on a trip this big.

He's combating 14,600km in 32 days around Australia and got to rest-up in his home town last night as the riders make their way anti-clockwise around the country.

Mr Linsley said taking part in the Black Dog Ride combined two of his passions; riding motorcycles and tackling depression and suicide.

He's been through depression and has also lost a family member to suicide.

"One of the things we're trying to do is to try to promote education about how to handle suicide and help people not to feel embarrassed about talking about it," Mr Linsley said. …

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