‘Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.’ – Mason Cooley
The 10 October marks World Mental Health Day, the national fundraising day that focuses and celebrates on the work done by national and local charities and organisations whilst helping to break down the stigma of mental health.
As part of the wider activities York will see throughout the day, York Mind are looking to raise money through their ‘To Hull and Back Cycle Challenge’. The premise of the challenge is to get people involved in a static cycle, taking place on Parliament Street, with the aim to collectively cycle approximately 80 miles, the distance from the York Minster to Humber Bridge and back.
Open to people of all cycling abilities York Mind are looking for any volunteers up for going for a short spin. You can cycle for as little as half an hour, to an hour on the static bike, knocking up the mileage. As the bike is at a standstill you won’t even have to worry about balance!
If you have an hour to spare and would like to give a helping hand but aren’t up for some weekend exercise they’re also looking for anyone who could help with the collection. Volunteers will be needed with buckets as the cycle is taking place, helping to collect donations from the public.
York Mind are just one of the many organisations and individuals supporting and celebrating World Mental Health Day. The Mental Health Foundation, who run the campaign, are asking people to hold their own Tea & Talk events to help raise money and awareness on the day. A chance to enjoy a cup of tea and natter with friends, family and colleagues, donations from the day will help to continue their research and mental health support in the UK.
If you’d like to volunteer to help at the ‘To Hull and Back Cycle Challenge’ for York Mind simply click on the ‘Volunteer Today’ button at the right-hand side of this article and fill in your details.
To find out more about World Mental Health Day and Tea & Talk visit their website.