Hear how Bristol Charity, Life Cycle have helped people experiencing a wide range of mental health issues to improve their wellbeing through cycling.
‘Bike Minded’ has been operating since 2010 and has supported over 250 people with a variety of mental health conditions to get out, take exercise, re-connect with the world around them and improve their wellbeing and confidence.
Poppy Brett, Life Cycle CEO says, “It should come as no surprise that exercise benefits both body and mind - research shows that those who exercise regularly experience reduced anxiety and depression and that cycling in particular has a positive impact on mental and physical wellbeing (Holmes 2009, McDonnell 2014), however people who suffer from a range of mental health issues often don’t have the networks or confidence to get out and exercise.”
Life Cycle has shown that with the right support, people can be encouraged and supported to cycle and the impact can be transformational.
“Having a bike has enabled me to be more social and feel less isolated. It’s improved my self-esteem. I’m working again now, I cycle to work and I’m part of the Life Cycle team. Being outdoors in the sunlight with the camaraderie has an amazing effect on how I feel” - Warren
Poppy will be explaining how the proejct works, and the outcomes for people with mental health issues, as well as discussing the potential to use the model to address other health issues in the future.