Críost Rí students host Cork leg of Cycle Against Suicide

Date: 09 Apr 2014

Student leaders and their teachers at Coláiste Chríost Rí in Cork are putting the final preparations to their plans in advance of the Cycle Against Suicide, which will depart from their school on Thursday May 1st.  The school will host over 400 cyclists who are expected to cycle the Cork to Killarney journey; part of a 14 day nationwide cycle led by Jim Breen of ‘Secret Millionaire’ fame. 

Having volunteered as an anchor school the students at Críost Rí are spreading the key message of the initiative:  ‘It’s ok not to feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’ as part of their ongoing positive mental health projects.  The Cycle Against Suicide team will host an event for the students on the day which will see celebrities, who are participating in the cycle, speak to the students about their respective experiences with metal health concerns, and particularly the ways in which they have overcome such hurdles, and learned to live with them. 

Cycle against suicide logo2The students will have an opportunity to contribute to the occasion themselves as they showcase their talents with performances from the Críost Rí Trad Band and rising star Charlie O’ Donovan from Turner’s Cross, and highlight the many programmes they have run in the area of positive mental health.  The Transition Year student at the Capwell college have also made a short in-house video promoting mental health that will be shown on the day. The school has an active Amber Flag group that has created awareness of the benefits of positive mental health for its school community.

The catalyst for Cycle Against Suicide is Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen.  The Cycle is now in its second year and stems from Jim’s visit to a Suicide Awareness group in Dublin 15 as part of RTÉ’S documentary, The Secret Millionaire, which aired in July 2012. Upon noticing the huge impact that this programme had on people, Jim decided that he had to use his skills and influences to help raise awareness for the supports available for suicide prevention in Ireland. It is anticipated that 7,000 people will register to take part in one of the many legs over the 14 days.