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 bi-monthly 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.
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, and uplifting twitter and instagram accounts focused on peeling away stigma and shedding light on mental health.