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, badges and car stickers.
Our Volunteers Program
If you require further details about our Volunteers Program, please click here.
First Visit To Our Site?
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” which we launched in 2015. No matter where you live in the world, we can send our campaign lapel pins, badges and stickers 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.
A big thanks to British comedian, Russell Howard, sharing a few words in support of our initiative:
And here’s The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik also sharing a few words on the same important subject:
Moving Down Under now, here’s a similar message from Ray Meagher, aka Australia / Home and Away’s Alf Stewart:
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 launched our global “It’s OK To Say If You Don’t Feel OK” campaign in 2015.
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 logo 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 19,000 lapel pins and 5,000 car stickers 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.
It’s about helping to create a silent but supportive environment.
Proudly Supporting beyondblue
12.5% of the sale value of all black dog badges, 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.
Endorsement from Stephen Fry
We were delighted when Mental Health Ambassador and Twitter Titan, Stephen Fry, tweeted about us back in 2012 – not once but twice – when Dancing With The Black Dog was a fledgling blog. We were equally delighted when he completed the tweet-trick by tweeting about our “it’s ok to say” initiative in May 2017. Please click on the image below to view the original tweet.
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 12mm butterfly clip and comes in a smooth epoxy coating finish.
Our badges are available for a fixed price, which includes free postage and packaging worldwide:
1 badge for A$7 or
3 badges for A$14
The badge is exactly the same design as the lapel pin, but is 25mm in diameter and has a safety-pin/clasp style fastening. It too comes in a smooth epoxy coating finish
Our 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
The sticker is a yellow circle, 78mm in diameter, with the black dog logo in the centre as illustrated above. It is a waterproof external sticker – and it has an adhesive backing. However we recommend that they are not stuck on a car window, since we have had some reports of the yellow ink (but not the dog logo) fading to white when stuck on a car window.
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).
Don’t Have A PayPal Account? No Problem!
Please note you do not need to have a PayPal account in order to pay via PayPal – you can order via the buttons below, and pay securely from the PayPal site by entering your card details and delivery address as a guest at checkout.
To purchase via PayPal, please click on one of the following “Add To Cart” options:
|1 x badge
|1 x pin
|1 x sticker
|3 x badges
|3 x pins
|3 x stickers
12.5% of the purchase price of lapel pin and sticker sales from people living in Australia will be donated to beyondblue.
Interested In Other Products (t-shirts, etc?)
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.
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 [email protected] :
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Account Number: 10519843
Name: Dancing With The Black Dog Pty Ltd
Please send any queries pre or post sale by email to [email protected] for a swifter response, rather than as a Facebook message or comment.
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.
Founder, Dancing With The Black Dog
Winner, in my own personal battle with anxiety and depression
To read my own full story, please click here
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: