Our “Committee” consists of three. We have no overheads, no staff and take no salary. We believe that what we are doing is achieving greater understanding in our community about those who have depression or another mental illness, or who know someone who suffers. And we have learned that everyone knows someone….
Tie Up The Black Dog Committee was formed in late 2007 in response to a period of prolonged drought when we saw people in our district struggling to cope, to manage the personal and financial pressures that accompany hard times.
We have had the most amazing responses from our local community, which has given us encouragement to organise a number of other events across our SW region. We have hosted successful forums in Roma and Goondiwindi(2008), Goondiwindi, Miles, Mitchell and Dirranbandi (2009) and been involved in events organised in Condamine, Longreach and Winton(2010), Mt Isa and Julia Creek(2011).
We know, by the numbers who come along to support us each time, that we are hitting the mark. We are bringing good clinical information about depression and mental illness to our audiences, and we always provide a personal story from someone who has recovered from a mental illness. The combination of valid information and the human side has been a winning combination.
However without the financial support of local businesses everywhere we have been, we couldn’t continue. Our support has come from natural resource management organisations, agricultural organisations, banks, service clubs, State government agencies and we are forever grateful for their continuing support and understanding as we require it.