Miles for Minds: Man Rides Around the World to Support Men's Mental Health
1 Man, 2 Wheels, 3 Cylinders. An overland adventure across the world to fight the stigma associated with mental health and help raise funds for HeadsUpGuys.
Colby Ellis, a 29 year old Canadian-Kiwi Engineer with a passion for travel and motorcycling, has embarked on a motorcycle ride around the world to help raise awareness of mental health and fundraise for HeadsUpGuys. HeadsUpGuys is a unique online resource aimed at supporting men in their fight against depression.
Since launching in June 2015, HeadsUpGuys has quickly made an impact, resonating with men around the world:
● Over 500,000 website visits (averaging over 18,000 per month in 2017).
● The largest repository online of men’s recovery stories blogs and videos.
● Over 70,000 self-checks completed.
Beginning in March 2018, Colby aims to circumnavigate the world. The first leg of his trip includes riding across New Zealand, to Australia, to Southeast Asia, and eventually all the way over to Europe.
Like many others, depression robbed Colby of many pleasures in life. During one of his lowest points he found motorcycling. Though it entered his life for the wrong reasons, it was the inherent risk and danger he found attractive, by a stroke of good fortune the pursuit turned into one of his greatest passions and supports on the road back to better health.
Colby is sharing his journey on Instagram through @VanColby_ and @milesforminds, and his site Miles For Minds, which also features an ongoing series of "Happiness Diaries"; interviewing the people he meets, and asking them the simple, yet universal question – “what makes you happy?”. Colby hopes you can help support his fundraiser to raise $5,000 for HeadsUpGuys.
More about Colby’s story, ride, and fundraiser at Miles For Minds.
Josh Beharry, Project Coordinator
HeadsUpGuys is a resource for supporting men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success.