Tuesday 27 September 2016

'It's okay not to feel okay' - Hundreds set off for annual Cycle Against Suicide trip

Published 27/04/2015 | 10:17

L-R Damien Milton, Aidan Slattery, Frank Carr and Michael McGlone at Athlone Station getting ready to participate in this year's Cycle Against Suicide
L-R Damien Milton, Aidan Slattery, Frank Carr and Michael McGlone at Athlone Station getting ready to participate in this year's Cycle Against Suicide

'It's okay not to feel okay, and it's absolutely okay to ask for help' is the message a calavcade of over 800 cyclists from all over Ireland will deliver over the next two weeks.

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The spectacular Cycle Against Suicide team will leave Belfast today to officially start the annual 1,400km cycle.

The epic 14-day charity cycle leaves the Northern Ireland city for the first time this year and will include Coleraine, Coleraine, Derry and Enniskillen and Longford on their trip towards Dublin.

The cycle is set to finish in Dublin on May 10.

It is the third year of the cycle and cyclists will cover an average of 100km each day.

The team say they are expecting thousands of people to participate in different legs of the cycle.

Speaking at the official start, Jim Breen, founder of Cycle Against Suicide, said: "This is the first time that Cycle Against Suicide has started in Belfast and the charity has been overwhelmed with the warm welcome and tremendous support we have received in Northern Ireland.”

“Having over 800 cyclists officially start the mammoth 14 day, 1,400 kms cycle is a fitting start and shows the commitment of people from across the island of Ireland in standing shoulder to shoulder to break the cycle of suicide and tackle the negative perceptions associated with mental health issues.”

The team will visit towns and cities throughout the trip promoting positive mental health and wellbeing with presentations planned in a number of schools and communities.

For more information on the Cycle Against Suicide visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

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