Mental Health Awareness Week

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By Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This might seem like an odd way to start an article on a classic car website but, over the last 18 months, we have been working to build a community of enthusiasts that not only assist each other with car-related issues, but also offer support in times of struggle.

This got me thinking that, actually, the classic car world could be exactly what people struggling with their mental health need to help them on the road to recovery.

Restoration

There’s something special about bringing a classic car back to life. It requires focus, care, and patience—all qualities that can help occupy your mind. For many people, their garage or workshop becomes a safe place where worries, anxieties, and other feelings are less hurtful than they are elsewhere.

Car Shows And Events

One of the best things about the classic car community is the people within it. Car shows and events are the ideal locations for people to meet up with others and spend time talking to people who share their passion.

Loneliness is a huge factor in the mental health crisis and the network we have managed to build has proven itself to be a place where loneliness can be overcome (even temporarily) and things can seem a little bit better for a while.


Small Wins

Each obstacle overcome in the restoration of a classic car can provide a lift for the person completing the work. This can help build confidence and reduce anxiety around talking to other people in a similar position. The classic car community is a supportive group that can offer support and camaraderie when you need it the most.

Driving Forward Together

Recognising the impact their passion has on mental well-being, many people in the classic car community have steered their efforts towards supporting mental health causes. Events are now not just about showcasing cars but about promoting mental health, with workshops and talks that emphasise the importance of community support.

The classic car community shows us how a shared passion can help strengthen our mental health. It’s a reminder that in the right company, with the right support, we can deal with mental health issues and help each other on the road to recovery.

As we recognise Mental Health Awareness Week, I think it is important to recognise the positive impact of community, whether it’s based on the beauty of a classic car, friendship, restoration, or the importance of our mental health.

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