Monday 26 September 2016

Cyclists to hit the road to raise mental health awareness

Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30

A cycle club is taking to the highways and by-ways in a 100km trek to raise money for a mental health charity. (Stock photo)
A cycle club is taking to the highways and by-ways in a 100km trek to raise money for a mental health charity. (Stock photo)

A Cycle club is taking to the highways and by-ways in a 100km trek to raise money for a mental health charity.

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Ballaghaderreen Cycle Club in Co Roscommon will host a cycle next month in support of ReachOut.com

Cyclists taking part in the event will complete courses of 10km, 50km or 100km depending on their level of experience.

The 10km route is being billed as a family cycle for families of up to four people.

The charity is an online service promoting positive mental health for young people from the age of 12 to 25.

It has been in existence since 2010 and has received close to one million visits to the site. The most frequently visited topics are anxiety, depression, bullying and relationships.

The club's chairman Pat Towey revealed that ReachOut.ie is a charity that supports what he feels is a huge problem throughout Ireland.

"Suicide and mental health is a big problem around the country. Our focus was to support the young people struggling with these difficulties.

Reachout.com provides information, support and advice about anxiety, depression, along with ways to increase wellbeing.

To take part, check out Ballaghaderreen Cycling club on Facebook.

Irish Independent

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