Talking About Mental Health on the Monte Carlo Classique Rally

Talking about mental health problems isn’t just for Christmas. Two former car designers want to open up and kick out the stigma attached to talking about mental health and raise money to help those in need.

Adam Gompertz (l) Craig Callum (r)
Adam Gompertz (l) Craig Callum (r)

Car designer-turned-reverend Adam Gompertz and director of the National Transport Design Centre Craig Callum are joining the Blue Diamond Riley Specialists team, driving a 1949 MG TC from Glasgow to Monaco, to raise much-needed funds for OCD Action during this year’s Monte Carlo Classique Rally (30th January to 3rd February).

Funds raised by Adam and Craig will enable OCD Action to help more people in 2019 with the mental health illness. Donations are welcomed on their Just Giving site.

OCD gets bandied around too much. It’s not an insult, it’s a real, life-altering condition. I feel, as men specifically, we don’t talk about our problems, including that of our own mental health. Being a Reverend, I try and help as many people as possible, but opening it up to people outside of my parish and including my second passion – cars – is something I’m really trying to do in 2019 and beyond.
— Adam Gompertz

Rather than simply being tidy, or something we might jokingly say we all have, OCD is characterized by disturbing intrusive thoughts (obsessions) producing anxiety which are alleviated only by repetitive actions (compulsions). It can leave sufferers isolated, trapped in an endless cycle of checking and double checking, of being a prisoner to the obsessions and resulting compulsions. Adam himself has battled OCD at various times in his life.

Adam Gompertz (l) Craig Callum (r) outside Blue Diamond Riley Services
Adam Gompertz (l) Craig Callum (r) outside Blue Diamond Riley Services

With the mental health charity Mind reporting that one in four people will suffer some form of mental health problem and that one in six people experience a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression each week[1], the need to be raising awareness of these conditions is so important.

Adam Gompertz REVS sketch of the MG TC
Adam Gompertz REVS sketch of the MG TC

Follow the progress Craig and the Reverend make from 30th January as they leave Glasgow and aim to be in Monaco on 3rd February on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – under #montyonthemonte.


1 Comment

  1. Good on you, mate! Being an owner of both an MGTD and Riley RME I would have loved to join you for a worthy cause and a fun drive, but I and the cars are in the USA.

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