“The bolt of lightning is a traditional symbol of sudden illumination and the destruction of ignorance”
Permission to Torque is a community-driven organisation within the automotive sector that has been created simply to show people it’s good to talk about mental health. Through our various communities we will display a symbol which simply says “I understand”. That’s often enough for someone to feel better, to feel they are not alone and maybe even enough to spark a simple conversation with a stranger who has been there or at the very least, wants to simply show it’s ok and normal to feel shitty sometimes. No judgement.
So many people struggle to approach the subject from both the person struggling and the supporter sides. The struggler may feel embarrassed or awkward – or even that they are having a good day and simply don’t want to bring it up as it brings them down.
It’s very difficult for friends or family to even identify that their loved ones and mates are so deep in a depressive or anxious hole. The strugglers have become experts at masking their dark thoughts and hiding how they really feel.
From experience, I would rarely open up to someone asking “so, how are you?” – the default responses would always come out “fine mate, you?” etc. Because at that moment, I probably wasn’t in the depths of hell trying to escape my own mind.
However, when there was a conversation already in flow, or a friend had told me that they were struggling, I would nearly always contribute and open up my own mind and feelings. Or if there was an opening to say at a bike meet or something “hey man, nice sticker” pointing at the Torque lighting logo – that’s the start of a good chat, and at worst, a friendly nod that you both connect, and understand.
I believe the above is a better approach because I felt I had permission to talk about it, rather than being directly confronted with it. It’s a bit like when you get a crap hair-cut and the barber shows you in the mirror – “how’s this sir?” and you say “it’s great thanks!”, even though it’s utterly shit and you hate it.
I believe that once you show people they have permission to talk about their issues, they will.
This is why Permission to Torque exists. So stick it on your car, bike, van, truck, horse – whatever, It is a symbol to show anyone who needs to know – they are not alone.
There will be more designs coming – all involve the lightning bolt – that is really the symbol I want to promote. I want to arrive at a design which suits as many people as possible so please let me know colours, sizes and vibe that you feel is best for you.
This idea is in its infancy and we want you to be involved so please feel free to air your thoughts and how you think we can make life better. I believe you can comment below here on this page.
Big love to everyone who has even just clicked the link to come here and read this – that’s a start already. Grab your stickers here
Chris, Al and Boothy xxx
P.s. and yes, the website will be coming once I figure out how wordpress works!