Welcome to the Mental Health Motorbike Tent
What is Mental Health Motorbike
The Mental Health Motorbike exists to create meaningful opportunities so that together we grow the wellbeing of the motorbike community, ultimate we want to cut the number of suicides in the UK. We are here to offer free support to members of the biker community who are struggling with their mental health and need some friendly support.
Why Mental Health Motobike has been setup…
We are living in exceptional times, our ability to get out and socialise has been seriously restricted for nearly 12 months. Biking brings a huge amount of mental health benefits and when this is taken away the communities health starts to struggle. We are there to offer support, opportunities and events which prevents social isolation during this time. We are currenly supporting 1000’s of bikers from across the UK. Our services are free and the network that has been developed is safe and very inclusive.
Support bikers in crisis
Through the use of the Slack platform we can offer 1-1 support bubbles for our members who are in crisis. This can be accessed via the chat button on the bottom right of this website. The aim is to give quality support in a confidential space.
Peer support for members
Once a biker has joined our members group over 1000 members are there to support them with any issues they are dealing with, this is safe and heavily moderated by a trained team. The aim is to reduce social isolation and link people into a vibrant network of support.
Longer term opportunities
Once members are in a better place with their mental health we actively encourage them to become an ambassador who share what we do in their local communities. We also have a full programme of events that offer throughout the year, where possible we offer these free of charge.
How we work in partnership with others…
Our partnerships with others
The bike community is complex, vast and very diverse. Our aim is to offer support across the board so we encourage individual members who have used our services successfully to become ambassadors and work with other bikers in their own network to show we are there for everyone. We strictly stay out of club politics and focus on supporting mental health issues only, this way we can remain impartial and be there for the individual. Though we do expect anyone using our services to respect our values about inclusion.
As we develop as an organisation we hope to develop more strategic partnerships with bike focussed organisations. Our first formal partnership is with DocBike. Our aim with this is to avoid repitation and add greater value to the offer to our members.
What are the plans for the future?
The focus for 2021/22 is to build a national network of bikers who are trained mental health first aiders. Our aim is to have a MHFA in every town and city in the UK, we want bikers to recognise the logo and know the people sharing it can point them in the direction of some support. We will also be developing more wellbeing activities both online and at venues across the UK as soon as it is safe to do so.
How is Mental Health Motorbike funded?
We are completely self funded through the sale of merchandise and private donations. Many of the larger operating costs (running the official Mental Health Motorbike etc.) are paid for through company sponsorship.
Our overheads are low and the whole network is run by teams of very committed volunteers. We are always looking for new sponsors and investors click here for more information. From time to time we will use grant funding to further our aims.
What is Mental Health Motorbike?
Why Support Us?
The Mental Health Motorbike exists to create meaningful opportunities so that together we grow the wellbeing of the motorbike community. Our ultimate aim is to reduce the suicide rates amongst bikers in the UK.
Over the next 12-18 months we aim to train a bikers from across the UK in Mental Health First Aid and create the countries first free dedicated mental health support network for bikers of all ages, gender and backgrounds.
All money raised will go into a bursary fund to pay for those dealing with financial hardship wanting to go through the MHFA training and become part of the biker support network. We aim to remove barriers to providing access to the training.
Having the network in place will save lives by providing vital support those in crisis.
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