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Hundreds of cyclists set off on Cycle Against Suicide ride

By Staff Reporter

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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