Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the US suffer from mental illness. These battles, all 42 million of them annually, affect not only the patient but also the families, friends and support networks of these individuals. Now take that 1 in 5 figure and expand it to include every person who has been impacted by mental illness indirectly. If you haven’t already related to this statistic, imagine the staggering number of people around you, in your next class, in this Handle Bar community who know it all too well, and rarely speak about it.
We are excited to introduce a new, charitable branch of the Handle Bar, called Handle With Care. Handle With Care is a movement to battle stigma and provide resources to those affected by mental illness. We plan to start small, generate ideas from our rider community and team, and begin a sustained effort to make an impact in the lives of those struggling with mental illness.. within The Handle Bar community and beyond.
Being well doesn't simply mean eating vegetables and staying in shape... Self-care is the idea that we must listen to ourselves, understand our own needs, mentally, physically and emotionally. So, to carry on this discussion and continue putting emphasis on the importance of self-care and mental health, we hosted a series of rides in June that focused on self-care and mental wellness. The rides were a huge success! As entry to each event, riders submitted their favorite ways to practice self-care. The responses were incredible and we've put each studio's submissions on display for the community to enjoy.
Stay tuned for our next announcement surrounding Handle With Care and how you can get involved.