Bulletin No: 109 Volume: 20 Tuesday 20 May 2014
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
BLACK DOG RIDE
RAISING DEPRESSION AWARENESS
Thousands of motorcyclists will ride around Australia in the coming months to raise awareness about depression and suicide. In July 65 Black Dog Riders are starting a 32-day 14,500kms ride to raise awareness about depression and suicide and fundraise with all donations going to Lifeline Australia.
The UFU is supporting the Black Dog ride and encourages members to donate or show support when the Ride comes through your town.
The Black Dog Ride passes through Victoria in August and will be joined by Victorian motorcyclists to build a national conversation about depression and suicide prevention through many communities from Warrambool to Mildura.
Depression and suicide is an increasingly common issue for firefighters globally.
It has been reported that by May this year 21 USA firefighters had taken their lives. A USA study by a concerned Fire Chief showed 58 firefighter-suicides in both 2012 and 2013.
A UFU commissioned study in 2013 found 68% of Victorian professional firefighters had scores indicating moderate level Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) symptoms.
The University of Newcastle study “Occupational Health Effects for Firefighters:The extent and implications of physical and psychological injuries” found that the changing role of firefighters is leading to high levels of physical and psychological injury. The accumulated effect of death, trauma and adrenaline-charged incidents, and the inadequacy of current support mechanisms are taking their toll on the mental health of Victorian firefighters.
The Black Dog Victorian State Ride starts in Warrambool on 22 August.
For detailed information about the Black Dog Ride including the detailed Victorian State itinerary go to http://www.blackdogride.com.au/view/aar2014/staterides2014.
Former ETU Secretary Dean Mighell will be on the Black Dog ride and he is committed to raising $50,000 for Lifeline. To donate go to https://blackdog-ridearoundaustralia-2014.everydayhero.com/au/dean-mighell
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary