Black dog rides into Murray Bridge: Photos

The Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre made its way through Murray Bridge on Monday, raising money for Lifeline Australia's Online Crisis Support chat service and Mental Health First Aid's Youth MHFA program.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders from around Australia stopped at Edwards Square to relax and have lunch, catered for by the Murray Bridge City Lions.

By the end of the ride at Uluru on August 22, 400 motorcyclists will make up the group.

The ride's Victorian coordinator Ric Raftis said through the event he hoped to dispel the stigma around mental illness, depression and suicide.

"Too many people are embarrassed to talk about it," Mr Raftis said. "People catch colds, mental illness is the same."

He said the ride was as much about starting conversations as it was about raising money for services.

"A lot of riders have had depression or suicide attempts, or have been touched by it through family," he said.

"If they've had a suicide attempt or mental illness, they've felt very alone, then they've joined the Black Dog Ride and realised they're not alone."

- Details: To follow the Black Dog Ride or for more information visit www.blackdogride.com.au. To donate visit www.everydayhero.com.au/ event/ridetotheredcentre2015.

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