St. Anne's to host 'Cycle against Suicide'

Tipperary town school to welcome 1,000 cyclists on Tuesday 3rd May

St. Anne's to host 'Cycle against Suicide'
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St. Anne’s Secondary School is delighted to be named as Anchor School for the 2016 Cycle Against Suicide.

The Cycle starts in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, 24th April, and covers the entire island of Ireland for two weeks, before finishing in Dublin on Saturday, May 7th. St. Anne’s Secondary School will welcome around 1,000 cyclists on Tuesday 3rd May and Tipperary Town will host the overnight stop that evening. The next morning, Wednesday 4th May St. Anne’s Secondary 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. The Cycle will then make its way to Cahir for the afternoon stop, before arriving in Clonmel that evening. Síobhán Ryan, the Link Teacher for St. Anne’s Secondary School said: “Our school is delighted to host this important event and welcome the cyclists to Tipperary. 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 that need them.”

“Promoting positive mental health practices in our school, and the community, is an important task to St. Anne’s Secondary 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.” Cycle Against Suicide founder, Jim Breen said: “This is the fourth year of the Cycle Against Suicide and we’re blown away with 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.