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About the movement

 

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.

 

Handle With Care is a movement to raise awareness on mental health and battle the stigma associated with mental illness.

 

We believe that mental health and physical health are inextricably linked .

We host events both in studio and off site that range in topics including depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and much more. Our aim is to offer resources, knowledge and discussion. We hope to make these difficult topics a bit easier to digest, while at the same time  creating community through solidarity. In our efforts, we hope to uplift individuals battling mental illness and provide resources for those supporting a friend or family member who is struggling.

 

Who we are

 

The movement is a group effort led by volunteer members of The Handle Bar Team, and founder Jess Fracalossi. Depending on the event or initiative, Handle Bar instructors, managers and riders partake in the organization of our efforts. Together, we’re focused on peeling away stigma and shedding light on mental health.

IDEA/INQUIRY SUBMISSION FORM

 

  • Are you effected by mental illness directly or indirectly? Are you passionate about mental health and wellness? We are looking for inspiration and want to form relationships within our rider community to help us make an impact.
  • We will be hosting events to raise awareness and support for individuals living with mental illness and the facilities and organizations dedicated to their treatment. We need your help.
  • Do you have an idea for an event? Do you have a personal story that could mean something for someone who is struggling? How do you practice self-care to maintain mental wellness? Do you just want to stay in the loop on our movement?
  • Fill out this form to share your thoughts.