Bike ride around Ireland to raise cash for suicide charity

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An all-Ireland charity bike ride will set off from Belfast for the first time this year.

The Cycle Against Suicide event will start on Monday, April 27 with stop-overs in Coleraine, Derry and Enniskillen, before heading to the southern tip of Ireland and finishing in Dublin on May 10.

Cycle Against Suicide is a charity which seeks to break the stigma associated with the open discussion of mental health, through the promotion of its message that ‘it’s ok not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’.

The charity directs people in need throughout Ireland to where critical help is available, and partners with local mental health organisations including NIAMH.

NIAMH chief executive Peter McBride said, “The incidence of suicide in Northern Ireland has been steadily on the rise, with between 213 and 313 deaths every year for the last 10 years.

“This is around five times the average number of road deaths in the province and yet mental health – and in particular suicide – is an issue which is still shrouded in stigma and is not something people feel they can talk about.”

To sign up for one or more legs of the cycle, visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.