Making A Difference
Since the inaugural event in October 2013, the Black Dog ball has gained incredible momentum and recognition as an integral and vital community event. In 2013, $25,000 was donated to ‘headspace’ Rockhampton to tailor their new premises to meet the needs of young people aged 12 to 25 with mental health issues. The following year, $25,000 was contributed to deliver ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - free of charge to around 150 rural community members across Central and Western Queensland. In 2015, $25,000 was provided to MATES In Construction to roll out their hands on training to CQ businesses and organisations. As a result, 821 people participated in General Awareness Training, 203 undertook Safe Talk training, and a further 26 were ASIST trained. Throughout 2016, $25,000 funded art programs for teens and adolescents in Central Queensland, struggling with low self-esteem and anxiety. The initiative which commenced in November 2016 and continued throughout 2017 delivered 468 individual classes, during which time the positive changes in the young participants was nothing short of amazing.
As a result of the 2017 event, a phenomenal $45,000 was raised to fund Carers Queensland programs for young carers throughout CQ, who are caring for a family member or a loved one with a mental illness or disability. The programs are currently running and will continue through most of 2018. The evidence-based programs teach resilience and strategies around coping with the stress of being an adolescent whilst balancing the challenges faced through being a full time carer at such a young age.
Whilst the raising of funds is a fantastic way to contribute to the community’s well being, the Black Dog Ball committee are also extremely proud of the wide spread awareness and public discussion that the Ball generates. The ball and associated programs contribute to lifting the stigma associated with this illness, that impacts on up to one in five Australians each year. We would be delighted and honoured to have you share in our aspirations and endeavours, and we truly believe that together . . . we CAN make a difference. We feel that through the committee’s drive and determination, and with your support, we can continue to make a genuine contribution to Central Queensland, and beyond.