Thirteen men take their lives each day in the UK. One in five men in Australia suffer from a mental illness. Men are four times more likely than women to resort to suicide in the USA. But sadly there is still a stigma associated with admitting to suffering from, or even discussing mental illnesses.
Black Sheep hopes to raise awareness, engage local communities and encourage conversation about this issue across multiple continents.
15 rides will be organised all around the worldBlack Sheep Cycling
Black Sheep will also be releasing a limited collection kit called Chaos 2.0 on 26 September. The profits will be donated to batyr, an organisation dedicated to improving young people’s health and wellbeing.
You can also join the rides on ZwiftZwift
Finally, if you can’t make it to any of the rides personally, Zwift will be hosting a number of events in association with Black Sheep. The Man Ride Bunchie series has weekly group training rides that have been set up to encourage discussions about mental health during the hour long rides.
That will culminate in the Zwift Man Ride Day on 7 October, with three opportunities to join at 7am BST, 7am PDT and 7am AEDT.
In addition to the riding, there will be a series of podcasts that will provide weekly discussions about mental health and the challenges people face in their daily lives, even if they look like they have it all sorted.
Whoever you are, join the Man Ride and do your bit to encourage positive change and attitudes towards mental health. Help shine a light on depression, anxiety and suicide, show your support and improve the dialogue surrounding these issues.