Petitioning Motor Sport Association

Make motorsport competition licences more available to those with mental health conditions

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Motor Sport & Disability has come a long way over the past decade. However it is very difficult for anyone suffering from a mental health condition to obtain a competition licence in the UK.

Physical disabilities have been catered for and the sports governing bodies have evolved their practices to allow for disabled competitors via the relaxation of some minor regulations and/or conditions.

Mental health conditions have not been catered for and therefore it's one of the last areas of motorsport for the disabled that needs to be addressed, so that motorsport can evolve it's practices in keeping with 21st century mental health knowledge & practice.

I propose that there are several areas that the MSA could improve in order to be more inclusive of those with mental health disabilities in motorsport. 

Firstly quarterly mental health medical assessments could be carried out using the existing multi-disciplinary teams of medical professionals who already monitor those with mental health issues and could therefore produce a report for the MSA's own medical teams before a given deadline for every race.

Then a pre-race medical assessment can be carried out by the MSA's own medical professionals to ensure suitability of each driver on any given race day. 

Mental health motorsport classifications should be formulated according to the severity of the mental health condition and how it affects a persons ability to compete in all conditions. it would make sense to add further limitations on engine sizes, types of racing circuit according to these abilities.

Put simply mental health classification in motorsport should not be just a single classification of a simple "No" you cant compete, it should be a diverse classification that caters for the needs of those who have mental health disabilities.

Motorsport professionals and mental health professionals should work hand in hand to ensure that motorsport can be opened up to everyone with a mental health issues according to their abilities to race.

please sign this petition so that the very professional governing body the "Motor Sport Association" can respectfully receive this petition showing that this positive step forward will improve the lives of thousands.

Thank you.

Michael.

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