If this is your first visit to Dancing With The Black Dog, incorporating itsoktosay.org, we are a registered charity dedicated to eradicating the stigma of anxiety and depression.
To hear a few words from some of our international celebrity supporters, including Joss Stone, Jack Black, Sir Steve Redgrave and more, please watch the video below (5 minutes):
To view our shorter seasonal message from Liam Hemsworth, Ray Meagher, Jimmy Barnes, Hermione Norris and Michael Caton, please watch the 37-second video at the bottom of this page.
It’s OK To Say If You Don’t Feel OK
When it comes to anxiety and depression, we believe in the utmost importance of talking about your feelings, and encouraging others to do the same. And whether you suffer from a mental illness or not, we believe in a world where we can all have a means of conveying to everyone we encounter that it’s OK to say if you don’t feel OK. Which is why we have launched our global “It’s OK To Say If You Don’t Feel OK” campaign.
Which is also why we have created a global Get Help Now page, containing contact details for where you can get immediate help from mental health organisations in ten countries around the world.
Why Is This Important?
Nowadays, the stigma of mental illness is slowly but surely being eroded; more and more sufferers are seeking professional help. However, we still live in an age where we need to focus as much on getting people talking about their struggles as we do with providing mental health services. After all, an open conversation in a safe environment is often the first and most crucial step in seeking help.
Take Action Today – How You Can Help
As you may know, the black dog is a widely-used euphemism for depression. We’ve therefore developed the Dancing With The Black Dog lapel pin as a symbol that anyone can wear to show their support for sufferers of anxiety and depression, to convey the message that it’s OK to say if you don’t feel OK.
Imagine, for example, if you are struggling with anxiety or depression, and your manager at work wears a symbol that demonstrates their personal support for mental illness. Or you want to talk in confidence to a friend, and they too demonstrate their support in the same way. How much more comfortable would you feel in approaching them?
These lapel pins are available for a fixed price (payment is via PayPal), including free worldwide postage and packaging, for:
1 pin for A$6 or
3 pins for A$12
To purchase, please click on one of the following “Add To Card” options:
|1 x pin
|3 x pins
Interested In Other Products?
The lapel pins can be purchased directly from Dancing With The Black Dog via the shopping cart section above. Our logo is also available on a wider range of merchandise that can be purchased from Red Bubble. Red Bubble will pass on 20% of the value of each sale to Dancing With The Black Dog.
Please note that the checkout page for our shop contains a purely optional donation section, however we are not currently registered for any donations made to us to be tax deductible. We are, however, a fully registered charity, endorsed and governed by the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission, under Australian Business Number 71157667411.
All proceeds will go towards further raising awareness of the message that it’s OK to say if you don’t feel OK. It is also our intention where possible to proportionately spend any funds back onto campaigns in the countries where they where originally sourced from. With modern technology and social media, however, it is also our hope that such campaigns will continue to have a global reach.
Corporate bulk discount packages are also available, please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
Please join us therefore in demonstrating to all those you encounter that you support mental health awareness, and mental health conversations. And if anyone asks you what the black dog pin on your jacket is, please join us in telling them it’s your way of saying it’s ok to say if you don’t feel ok.
Thank you for your support,
Dancing With The Black Dog
To view our shorter seasonal message from Liam Hemsworth, Ray Meagher, Jimmy Barnes, Hermione Norris and Michael Caton, please watch the following 37-second video. This is a Christmas video, but the important message within applies all year round: