Anchor Schools (Lunch Arrival) Release:
C.B.S. High School to host Mental Health Event for Cycle Against Suicide
10,000 cyclists; 1,200 kilometers; 2 weeks, ONE message…
It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.
C.B.S High School is delighted to be named as Anchor School for the 2016 Cycle Against Suicide. The 2016 Main Cycle starts in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, April 24th, and covers the entire island of Ireland for two weeks, before finishing in Dublin on Saturday, May 7th.
The High School will welcome approximately 1,000 cyclists for lunch on Wednesday 4th May and, together with Cycle Against Suicide, will organise a mental health event comprising of presentations, videos, music, celebrity speakers and an exhibition of local mental health services. The Cycle will then make its way to Waterford, where it will stop overnight, before cycling to Wexford the following morning.
P.J. McCoole and Paddy O’Gorman, the Link Teachers for C.B.S. High School said: “Our school is delighted to host this important event and welcome the cyclists to Clonmel. The impact of this type of activity is powerful and far reaching, not just in our schools, but also in the community at large. It gets the conversation around mental health going, and highlights the support services that are available to those who need them.”
“Promoting positive mental health practices in our school, and the community, is an important task to The High School. By becoming an Anchor School, and partnering with Cycle Against Suicide, we can continue to raise awareness of the issues around mental health and suicide. It’s about encouraging people to know that it’s absolutely okay to ask for help.”
An event like this could not happen without community support. The High School are extremely grateful to its corporate sponsor MSD in Ballydine for their genorous support of the event. Also to Dunnes Stores, Pulse Logistics and Johnstone’s Decorating Centre Clonmel for their support and genorisity.
Cycle Against Suicide founder, Jim Breen said: “This is the fourth year of the Cycle Against Suicide and we’re blown away by the phenomenal response from the schools involved in the Cycle. These schools are critical in helping us spread the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”. Each year over the two weeks of our annual Cycle, we give presentations in schools and communities all around the island of Ireland, and we witness how hugely responsive students are to that message. We also see the value students place on their own mental wellbeing, and that of their friends and families.”
Further information on Cycle Against Suicide, and how you can get involved, is available at: www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.
For further information, please contact, P.J. McCoole/ Paddy O’Gorman, 0526124466