Carndonagh Community School has been named as ‘Anchor School’ for Cycle Against Suicide.
The Cycle starts in Belfast on Monday, 27th April and covers the entire island of Ireland for two weeks before finishing in Dublin on Sunday, May 10th.
Carndonagh Community School will welcome around 1,000 expected cyclists on Tuesday, April 28th and will host the lunchtime stop.
Carndonagh Community School 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 during the stop.
Niall Magee and Mary Lafferty the Link teachers for Carndonagh Community School said: “Our school is delighted to host this important event and welcome the cyclists to Cardonagh. 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 in the community and shows the support services that are available to those that need them. “
“Promoting positive mental health practice in our school and the community is an important task to Carndonagh Community 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 it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.”
Cycle Against Suicide founder, Jim Breen said: “This is the third year of the Cycle Against Suicide and we’re blown away with the phenomenal response from the schools involvement in the Cycle. These schools are critical to 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, colleges and universities 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 mental wellbeing and that of their friends and families.”
Further information on Cycle Against Suicide on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com, where you can register for some or all of the 14 days of the cycle..
If you would like to volunteer to help Carndonagh Community School to host their event, whether it’s sandwich-makers or road marshals, please contact Niall Magee & Mary Lafferty - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.