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Hundreds of cyclists set off on Cycle Against Suicide ride

By Staff Reporter

Published 28/04/2015

A cavalcade of more than 800 cyclists weaves its way through Belfast city centre to officially start the annual all-Ireland Cycle Against Suicide bike ride, which seeks to promote the message that ‘it’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’. The 1,400km, 14-day charity cycle took off from Belfast for the first time this year and will visit Coleraine, Derry and Enniskillen before heading to the southern tip of Ireland and finishing in Dublin on May 10. Established by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen, Cycle Against Suicide aims to break the stigma associated with depression and mental health
A cavalcade of more than 800 cyclists weaves its way through Belfast city centre to officially start the annual all-Ireland Cycle Against Suicide bike ride, which seeks to promote the message that ‘it’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’. The 1,400km, 14-day charity cycle took off from Belfast for the first time this year and will visit Coleraine, Derry and Enniskillen before heading to the southern tip of Ireland and finishing in Dublin on May 10. Established by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen, Cycle Against Suicide aims to break the stigma associated with depression and mental health

Hundreds of cyclists have set off from Belfast on a two-week, 1,400km trek across the length and breadth of Ireland to help break the stigma associated with mental health problems.

Riders on the third year of the Cycle Against Suicide will cover an average of 100km each day as they spread the message that "it's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help".

The charity supports people in need by directing them to local mental health and suicide prevention organisations throughout Ireland. Today, the cyclists will travel from Coleraine to Derry via Malin Head, Donegal.

Jim Breen, founder of Cycle Against Suicide, said: "This is the first time that our bike ride has started in Belfast and the charity has been overwhelmed with the warm welcome and tremendous support we have received."

Anyone concerned about their mental health is urged to speak to their GP or ring Lifeline free 24/7 on 0808 808 8000.

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