Scottish Cycling is proud to support Time To Talk day which aims to promote conversations about mental health.
Make space in your day for a conversation about mental health and get your cycling club talking.
Cycling clubs have the power to make some noise about Time to Talk Day and spread the message that talking and listening about mental health can change lives. Whether it’s at the meet point, on the trails or at the mid ride café stop, here are some ideas from the Time to Talk campaign to spark conversations about mental health.
Some of you may have seen our Bike and Blether rides which focussing on supporting mental wellbeing through cycling.
We’ve had some great feedback on how these rides have impacted people so far, but we really love this testimonial from a rider who joined a Bike and Blether ride recently:
“Well that's the best I've felt in a long time. While driving home I felt so good about myself. I'll admit I have Mental health problems but that ride, the fresh air and good company was the best medication I have tried.
Here's hoping for a lot more rides (cakes and coffee too) this year and hopefully a lot more people will join. Don't be shy folks. You dinna have to be up to Sir Chris Hoy's standards tae enjoy a fine cycle and fancy piece. Thanks again. Great idea.”
How to get involved
Organise a ride
Get as many people as you can talking about mental health with an organised ride. It could be your regular ride or something new. Promote your event with Time to Talk’s customisable poster to spread the message.
Your website and social media channels help you keep connected to your members, coaches, and community and this is a great way to inspire conversations about mental health. The more shares, likes and comments Time to Talk get, the further we can spread the message. Remember to use #TimetoTalk. You can download digital assets here.
Use your space
Most cycling clubs don’t have club houses but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find any corners to promote things. Are there any community notice boards at your meet points, space on your local café’s boards or any shared indoor space you have? You can download Time to Talk posters here. Get creative!
Spread the word about what you’ve got planned online and tag your posts with #TimetoTalk.