Welcome to Dancing With The Black Dog, incorporating itsoktosay.org

One in four people suffer in silence from anxiety or depression. But there’s a way you can help them. There’s a way you can silently show that it’s ok for them to say if they don’t feel ok. To find out how, please read on…

Want to jump straight to our shop?

Please click here if you would like to jump directly to our online shop below, where you can purchase our black dog lapel pins and car stickers.

If this is your first visit to our site, Dancing With The Black Dog is a registered charity dedicated to eradicating the stigma of anxiety and depression, mainly through our global campaign called “It’s OK To Say If You Don’t Feel OK”. So no matter where you live, we can send our campaign lapel pins to you.

For more information, please visit our Who Are We page, where we also answer some FAQs, as well as outlining who we are not.

Watch Ray Meagher, aka Australia / Home and Away’s Alf Stewart, perfectly summing up our initiative – in just 30 seconds:

Watch Scottish satire and soap star, Sanjeev Kohli, chewin’ the gum over our initiative (80 seconds):

To hear a few words from some of our other 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 by clicking here.

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 and car sticker as a symbol that anyone can wear or display 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. And since February 2016, so far we have sold over 13,000 lapel pins worldwide via this page.

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 mental health professional, and many of your colleagues and friends demonstrate their support in the same way. How much more comfortable would you feel in seeking professional help?

Who Are We “Targeting”?

We are “targeting” anyone who would like to silently convey the supportive message “it’s ok to say if you don’t feel ok.” You don’t have to be suffering from anxiety or depression yourself in order to wear or display the black dog symbol, because doing so does not mean you are saying “I suffer from anxiety or depression”. Rather, it means you are saying “it’s ok to say if you don’t feel ok” to anyone around you who may be suffering from anxiety or depression.

Proudly Supporting beyondblue

We are delighted to announce that Dancing With The Black Dog is a registered fundraiser for Australia’s biggest mental health charity, beyondblue.

proudly supporting beyondblue.

From April 2016, 12.5% of the sale value of all black dog lapel pins and car stickers sold within Australia will be donated to beyondblue. For example, if you buy one lapel pin for A$6.00, we will donate 75 cents to beyondblue, or if you buy three pins for A$12.00, we will donate A$1.50.

As part of our global outlook, and given that over 20% of our orders so far have come from outside Australia, we are also in discussion with mental health charities in other countries to organise similar arrangements for orders from outside Australia. Our aim is that no matter where you buy our lapel pins or stickers from, some of the proceeds will be supporting a mental health organisation within your own country.

Lapel Pins

Our lapel pins are available for a fixed price, which includes free postage and packaging worldwide:
1 pin for A$6 or
3 pins for A$12

The lapel pin is 10mm in diameter, has a small butterfly clip and comes in a smooth epoxy coating finish. The lapel pin is 10mm in diameter, has a small 12mm butterfly clip and comes in a smooth epoxy coating finish.

Car Stickers

Our car stickers are also available for a fixed price, which includes free postage and packaging worldwide:
1 sticker for A$5 or
3 stickers for A$10

CarStickers

The car sticker is a yellow circle, 78mm in diameter, with the black dog logo in the centre as illustrated above. It is a UV-resistant and waterproof external sticker – and it has an adhesive backing so it can be stuck on much more than just a car!

Payment is via PayPal from anywhere in the world, or optionally by direct bank deposit if you are located in Australia (see below for more details).

Shop

To purchase via PayPal, please click on one of the following “Add To Cart” options:

1 x pin
$6.00
3 x pins
$12.00
1 x sticker
$5.00
3 x stickers
$10.00

PayPal Acceptance Mark

12.5% of the purchase price of lapel pin and sticker sales from people living in Australia will be donated to beyondblue.

To purchase via direct bank transfer:

Please deposit payment into the following account, and then send us your name, address, quantity ordered and deposit reference by email to admin (at) itsoktosay (dot) org :
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
BSB: 063-144
Account Number: 10519843
Name: Dancing With The Black Dog Pty Ltd

Questions?

Please send any queries pre or post sale by email to admin (at) itsoktosay (dot) org for a swifter response, rather than as a Facebook message or comment.

Interested In Other Products?

The lapel pins and stickers 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.

All proceeds will go towards further raising awareness of the message that it’s OK to say if you don’t feel OK or towards other mental health charities. 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 or sticker on your car 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 supporting us, in proudly supporting beyondblue.

Mark Pacitti
Founder
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:

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