Black Dog Ride Awards and Honours
This page lists the awards and honours Black Dog Ride has received in recognition of the tireless work of Steve Andrews and his Black Dog Ride Team in raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention across the nation.
2014 Australian of The Year State Finalist
It gave the BDR Team great pride to learn that Founder of Black Dog Ride, Steve Andrews, had been announced as a State Finalist in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards! Steve was a finalist in the WA Local Hero category for his work as a mental health campaigner with Black Dog Ride.
Although Steve Andrews did not win, Black Dog Ride was thrilled to see at least three mental health campaigners nominated, ensuring the national conversation around mental wellbeing and suicide prevention is maintained. To view all Australian of the Year Nominess, click here.
2013 Keeping Our Communities Healthy
On 26th September, White Pages® recognised Steve Andrews' dedication to raising awareness of depression by selecting him for the cover of the Perth Residential White Pages®.
Each year, Sensis®, the publisher of the White Pages®, recognises the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the cover. Product Manager Sarah Simpson says, "We are delighted to recognise Steve's efforts keeping his community healthy. He is someone who is making a positive impact on health and wellbeing across Australia."
Steve Andrews felt honoured by the inclusion, "To be recognised on the cover of the phone book for my life's passion is an honour and I hope it continues to raise awareness about mental health and depression."
2012 Pride of Australia Medal
On the 8th of September 2012 Steve Andrews was awarded the WA Pride of Australia Medal (Community Spirit) for his tireless and inspirational work raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention.
"Steve Andrews founded Black Dog Ride in 2009 following the suicides of his own mother and best mate's wife. His courageous resolve to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention has seen him complete a solo motorbike ride around Australia and coordinate 5 National Rides with thousands of Australians participating. Steve's inspired determination has motivated Australians to raise over $500,000 for mental health services and fostered a culture of mental health awareness around the nation."
Steve Andrews with his WA Pride of Australia Medal and Certificate
Read the Black Dog Ride Blog about the Award ceremony here (includes YouTube video).
2012 Pride of Australia People's Choice Award Finalist
After receiving the honour of a statewide award for his life saving work raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention, Steve was surprised and humbled by being voted into the National Pride of Australia People's Choice Award. Although Steve didn't win, he came in the top 5 nationwide, a fact Black Dog Ride is rightfully proud of. The work of Black Dog Ride in three short years has lit a beacon of hope in every corner of the nation due soley to Steve's vision and commitment to raising awareness.
Steve Andrews at the Sydney National Pride of Australia Award Ceremony
2012 Suicide Prevention Australia LIFE Award
On 11th October 2012, Steve Andrews was awarded the Suicide Prevention Australia's LIFE Award - Healthy Communities (Individual). Suicide Prevention Australia is the national peak body for the suicide prevention sector and promotes collaboration, coordination and partnerships for this cause. This award is a remarkable nod from Steve's peers in the mental health sector to Steve's success in raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention.
Steve Andrews, centre, with Salvation Army veteran Alan Staines and CEO Sue Murray.
2010 Momentum Forum - Most Inspiring Man of the Year
The Momentum Forum is a networking organisation with a strong charity component. Every year they host the Men in Black Ball to create more awareness about men's mental health and the fight against depression. The Most Inspiring Man of the Year Award is awarded during this time and it was with great pleasure that we learned Steve Andrews was the 2010 recipient. The criteria for the Most Inspiring Man of the Year is one who is an inspiration others, who is able to motivate and touch the lives of others. Anyone who knows Steve and his work with Black Dog Ride would agree that Steve is a most deserving recipient.
2010 ICCWA Community Innovation Award
Just one year after his inaugural Black Dog Ride Around Australia, and shortly after the inaugural Black Dog Ride for LAMP in south west Western Australia, Steve Andrews received a High Commendation in the ICCWA Community Innovation Award category for his initiative and innovation in raising community awareness of depression. ICCWA were first cab off the rank in recognising the potential and importance of Steve's vision with Black Dog Ride, which has now raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health services and is touching the lives of tens of thousands of Australians.