Mental Health Motorbike exists to create meaningful opportunities so that together we grow the greater wellbeing of the motorbike community. Our ultimate aim is to reduce the suicide rates amongst bikers in the UK. We are building a free, dedicated network of trained Mental Health First Aiders who can support other bikers across the UK.
We are in extraordinary times where the need for Mental Health support services are definitely on the increase. We have seen more demand in people wanting to talk since the onset of the Covid-19 virus in March 2020.
Our organisation is growing with 21 volunteer staff, 72 qualified Mental Health First Aider’s, 102 Ambassadors and 18 online moderators. We are at early days and are always looking for support as we have high ambitions of how we want the biker community to engage with their long term wellbeing. We aim to create the countries first free dedicated mental health first aid network for bikers in 2021.
The Mental Health Motorbike exists to create meaningful opportunities so that together we grow the wellbeing of the motorbike community, ultimate we want to reduce the number of deaths by suicide in the UK.
We have a number of objectives, the first is to get qualified mental health first aiders in bike shops, club and cafes in every town and city across the UK. This will create a strong backbone to our network. The mental health first aid course is a recognised and approved scheme (see https://mhfaengland.org). Our trainer is accredited trainer through MHFA England able to deliver these courses. The network has over 56 trained mental health first aiders, this will raise massively in 2021 through the Baton Relay project.
The second thing we want to achieve is a vibrant peer support network – as of March 2020 we have over 1200 members in this group. The peer support goes a long way in reducing the social isolation many of our members are facing.
Finally we want to beoffering longer term wellbeing activities that members who have had support can get involved with. This brings a greater degree of connection the the MHM family. So members can assist at events, with online activities, get involved as ambassadors or do fundraising for us.
In the future we will develop the Mental Health Motorbike Foundation. This will provide opportunities for people to apply for support in a project, training course or activity that will help with their mental health recovery and longer term well-being.
MHM aims to attend a minimum of 25 events per year, reaching out to the biker community directly. Our branded motorbike, pop up tent and Ambassadors will attend these events and be very visible and encourage people to come and talk to us and join the network. Many of our volunteers are people recovering from mental health issues and they will represent the Mental Health Motorbike brand at events. We are exploring how to set up MHMotorbike meet ups which will allow people from all over the country to come together and explore how they are feeling. This will build on the sense of members feeling part of a meaningful community, network and family.
Although we are at the early stages of development, we recognise there is nobody else providing a service like this, so we are a unique organisation that is generating a great deal of interest and have high ambitions..
In 2021 we will become a registered charity. At the moment we are running as a not for profit organisation and we are all volunteers. Our main priority is to find funding for a business manager, an outreach worker and some admin support.
Where can you find the Mental Health Motorbike?
Our bike will wrapped in its 2021 colours and be out on the British roads from March onwards. Below are some of the locations where we will be. Check the events calendar to see some of the events. Here you can meet us for a chat and a cuppa. If you want to be part of the team why not volunteer?
On the road
If you see us on the road contact us if you are struggling and we can arrange a chat or a cuppa. Remember talking can really help and making that first step to reach out could really help your longer term wellbeing.
A great place to meet us is online. Join us www.facebook.com/mhmotorbike we have a members only group (access through the Facebook page). You can get some peer support or use the chat button below for 1-1 support.
We attend a number of biker events each years through invitation. Our aim is to meet bikers and offer support and deliver workshops exploring different ways we can support you. Use the booking page to arrange a visit.
Visits to your organisation
Working with our partners we can arrange specialist presentations and come and showcase our work and meet your staff teams. Our aim is to get more organisations investing in the government developed Mental Aid First Aid course.
We can visit your bike club, education organisations, workplaces, shops to talk about our approach to mental health and how to access our free support. Wherever you are we can be. Contact us to explore this further.
We can do after dinner speeches and presentations to talk about this fascinating area of work and some of the amazing and funny stories we have come across over the years, Contact us to discuss your needs.
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