Since it’s formation in 2012 by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen, Cycle Against Suicide has taken Ireland by storm. Cycle Against Suicide encourages people to talk openly and without judgement about mental health issues while also organizing community driven activities that all encompass their message; “It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”.
St. Leo’s College has been an ambassador school since 2014 when they were honoured to be an anchor school. This year, twenty girls were selected to be school committee members and they have pulled out all the stocks, organising everything from an all-day stationery cycle to writing and publishing their very own inspirational book of quotes and images. The committee have been working all year round to really spread the word about this great cause within the school.
Their first event was the ‘All-day Stationary Cycle’ held outside the school library and involved two students from each class cycle on stationary bikes cycling for ten minutes, the idea being that the bikes would be in motion all day from 8:30am to 4pm. With balloons, posters and banging tunes, the positive vibes could be felt everywhere around the school along with many smiling faces.
The committee members wanted to make a tangible object that people could have that would embody their motivational messages and that would bring joy to readers; consequently the ‘inspirational book of quotes was born. Containing inspirational quotes, photos and art work submitted by students from first to sixth year, it was arduous work gathering it all but the finished product is a credit to the committee. It was launched by TD Deputy Pat Deering in the school today just before the road cycle.
The main event was the road cycle held on Monday 9th of May, today where a hundred students and teachers from the school all saddled up to cycle twenty kilometres and spread the message. The cyclists were assisted by members of An Garda Siochana, who ensures the safe passage of all of the cyclists with the minimum of ease. Sincere thanks to Garda Bernard Graham, Garda Ralph Holmes and Garda Francis Ryan who helped us with such good care and humour. The cycle left from the school, waved off by the first year students, and cycled to the Castledermot roundabout and back, thankfully no injuries occurred!
Overall this year’s Cycle Against Suicide committee have gone above and beyond to promote and support this amazing initiative. Well done to all involved.
“It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”.