The Cycle Against Suicide passed through Newbridge in 2017 and was led into the town by local schoolchildren. PICTURE: TONY KEANE
Around 30 beds are still needed when the national Cycle Against Suicide arrives and stays overnight in Kildare town on Sunday May 5.
"Key to our campaign is where local families host a cyclist overnight, giving them a meal and a bed. We are seeking homestay families in Kildare Town and the surrounding areas who would give a bed to a cyclist on Sunday night 5th May. The bicycles are stored overnight so the host would not have to worry about that. We are delighted with the response so far but still need about 30 beds," said a spokesperson.
Cycle Against Suicide is an awareness charity that makes a valuable contribution to the public education of mental health by changing the narrative surrounding suicide.
"We deliver a mental health talk Monday (May 6) morning in Round Towers GAA Club to the wider Kildare community and then the peleton moves to complete the 700 km journey," explained the spokesperson.
"When an individual is vulnerable enough to consider taking their own life, silence is read as indifference. With over 800 people dying by suicide in Ireland each year and research indicating that thousands more contemplate it, we all have a role to play to collectively address the challenges that suicide presents. Cycle Against Suicide sets out to change culture and create a society that openly talks about suicide, thus enabling people to speak up and reach out for help."
The main part of bringing the awareness campaign into communities is the cycle, which this year will take place from April 27 to May 6.
This campaign/cycle promotes a key message to local people: ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it is absolutely OK to ask for help’. This simple yet powerful message could save the lives of those in our communities who are feeling alone.
All monies raised from the main cycle are invested into the schools programme.
Anyone who would like to offer a bed can email firstname.lastname@example.org