Mental Health Motorbike - Our chosen Cause
Martin from GetGeared - Qualified Mental Health First Aider
My name is Martin and I have worked at GetGeared for a little over 3 years as a Sales and Product consultant. Prior to this I was in the Fire Service for over 30 years, and then spent 4 years as a Motorcycle Training Instructor. I have been riding for over 40 years and have a passion for bikes and all things motorcycling.
A short time ago, my 'oldest mate' lost his son to suicide. That was my catalyst to do something positive, to offer guidance and support to those struggling, often in silence and feeling alone.
I came across Mental Health Motorbike and saw an opportunity to really get involved. To be able to assist those within the motorcycling community and to offer support to those in need.
Since, I have become a Mental Health First Aider through the charity, and I wear my green MHFA badge proudly. I find that our love for motorcycling is a great conversation starter. Support can start with something as simple as a chat over a 'cuppa' on a bike meet, or to be there to listen and offer guidance, and signpost where to get further support.
Please check out the Mental Health Motorbike website and consider getting involved yourself, perhaps gaining your green MHFA badge and make a difference to those struggling.
- Martin, Customer Advisor GetGeared.co.uk
Paul - Founder of Mental Health Motorbike
We are very proud to have created the country's first dedicated national mental health charity for the motorbike community. But with this comes great responsibility as we grow in order to support more bikers and their families when it is needed.
We rely on the generous support of other like minded organisations, the motorcycle industry and retailers like GetGeared. We use our donations to subsidise Mental Health First Aid training courses to help bikers support each other (www.mhmotorbike.com/mhfa). We aim to train 1,000 Mental Health First Aiders by the end of 2024.
We encourage bikers to speak out about mental health, this will help reduce the stigma around poor mental health and encourage more bikers to reach out for support.
- Paul Oxborough, Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees - Mental Health Motorbike
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Mental Health Motorbike is a registered charity number 1196406
"When life gets tough we are here to listen, to support, to ride"