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Cycle against Stigma

Posted on the 9th May 2016

Residents in Central Lancashire are invited to get on their bikes and come along to community bike rides taking place to mark Mental Health Awareness Week in May.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Central Lancashire Community Restart Team has organised bike rides in Preston, Chorley and Skelmersdale throughout the week which takes place between 16 and 22 May. The team aims to bring people together from local communities to get out and enjoy some exercise as well as the opportunity to meet new people and show support to reducing stigma around mental health issues. If you can’t get to one of the events don’t worry, you can still join in and log your miles whether you’ve been outside or in the gym and help cycle to reduce stigma!

The events are taking place on the following days and locations:

  • Monday 16 May: Meet at Baffito’s on the Docks, Preston at 10.30am
  • Thursday 19 May: Meet at Quarry Bank, Skelmersdale at 10.30am
  • Friday 20 May: Meet at Tatton Community Centre, Chorley at 10.30am

Gill Parkinson, Support, Time and Recovery Worker from the Central Lancashire Community Restart Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We work with service users to support their recovery from mental ill-health. One of the areas people find difficult during recovery is getting back into their local communities for fear of people stigmatising their illness and feeling anxious about how they will be treated. Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for us to encourage people to come together, whether they have a mental health issue or not, and let people know its ok to talk about how they’re feeling. Stigma plays a huge part in why people don’t come forward and seek support at the early signs of a problem and that shouldn’t be the case.

“The cycle events are a great way for riders of all abilities to have some fun and meet new people. Exercise is a good way to help improve everyone’s overall health and wellbeing and we look forward to seeing people at the events!”

For more information about Cycle against Stigma and to log your miles please contact cycle4MH@btinternet.com or call 01772 773600. You can also tweet us your pictures for cycling against stigma using the hashtag #cycle4MH.

To find out more information about events taking place in your area throughout Mental Health Awareness Week please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mental-Health-Awareness-Week-2016 or follow the activity on twitter using #MHAWRestart and following @LancashireCare.