Road 2 Recovery will launch phase one of Max Matters mental health initiative

ENCINITAS, California—Following the launch of the Max Matters Mental Health Initiative earlier this summer, the Road 2 Recovery Foundation (R2R), in collaboration with MX Sports Pro Racing, is set to launch the initiative’s opening phase. Working collaboratively with healthcare professionals and industry leaders, R2R has led efforts to establish support group meeting programs and a website resource portal, both of which will begin at autumn.

The first support group meeting will take place on November 9 and will continue on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings will be conducted anonymously and last one hour at a time, with participants having the option of using the features online, by phone or via chat. A “Group Break Out” feature will also be available for one-on-one conversations. Each meeting will be facilitated by licensed and trained therapists and counselors, with specific topics for each respective session. Topics for the meeting will be voted on by attendees via social media and the R2R website. In particular, the meetings will be free for all and will allow individual follow-up via a telephone assistance number. Access to meetings will be available on

The website’s resource portal is slated to launch on October 10 via the Max Matters Mental Health Initiative link on The page will serve as a resource for detailed information on all mental health issues and will be broken down in detail with direct links for more efficient navigation – Insurance assistance, screening, support groups, support tools, etc. Additionally, the portal will provide direct access to a vast resource of certified therapists and counselors, with interactive capabilities to detail which mental health professionals are accepting new clients, sort filters to be organized by state and other preferences, as well as • a linked list of therapists and counselors who offer low hourly rates for uninsured clients. The web portal will also provide a list of 24 hour helpline numbers that offer mental health assistance through the convenience of a mobile device.

Max Matters was first created by Rick Doughty in October 2020, in conjunction with R2R. Following the tragic loss of his son Max to suicide in 2019, Doughty partnered with R2R to create a narrative shift regarding this disturbing pattern in our running community. Last May, R2R announced the creation of an advisory group for the Max Matters Mental Health Initiative, made up of specially trained professionals, industry leaders, current and past professional riders and dedicated advocates. This group will continue to organize additional programs and make them available to athletes and the racing community.

Current Max Matters Mental Health Initiative committee members include Rick Doughty, Dr Reiman and Dr Bodnar of the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit, MX Sports Pro Racing leaders Tim Cotter and Roy Janson, Andrea Leib , Lesley Roberts, Mandie Fonteyn-Albert, and Lori Armistead. Individuals or groups interested in getting involved in the committee, or wishing to support the initiative, please contact Lori Armistead at

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