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 and we aim to build upon this connection with our events, podcasts, newsletters and of course our conversation with you – our community. Whether you are directly impacted by mental illness, or if you are simply passionate about your own wellness, join the conversation. Let’s peel away the stigma, and get real about mental health.
The movement is a group effort led by volunteer members of The Handle Bar Team, founder Jess Fracalossi, and HWC Executive Director Ellie Castine. Together, the HWC team agree upon and host bi-monthly events, a regular podcast series, and uplifting twitter and instagram accounts focused on peeling away stigma and shedding light on mental health.
Wed. Feb 20th, 7pm
LOVE BETTER is an event geared towards building and understanding healthy relationships. The aim of the event is to unpack how our relationships with one another affect our mental health in both positive and negative ways. Led by HB founder Jess Fracalossi and HWC Executive Director Ellie Castine.