HUNDRED of cyclists arrived in Dundalk at the weekend for the Cycle Against Suicide an organisation founded by Jim Breen, RTE’s Secret Millionaire, and a group of hard working volunteers who recognise the rise of suicide and depression in this country.
They aimed to show that exercise and talking to others can help change that and they want to bring that message nationwide.
This initiative aims to bring awareness to the many various groups out there who work help those effected by suicide through suicide prevention and bereavement services.
Aura Leisure Group in Dundalk backed the initiative from the start and set up a Spinathon in the town centre.
Many people took part and helped this worthy cause.
The cyclists went from Dundalk to Ardee where they stopped at Ardee Community School and were hosted by members of Ardee Cycling Club.
Twenty members of the Ardee club then joined the group for the cycle to Dublin.
The message coming from Cycle Against Suicide is a good one.
People need to get involved in groups or organisations, in exercise, and they need to know that their are organisations and professional help at their fingertips.
On Saturday morning RTE Radio 1 highlighted the problem on its farming programme and the services that are available. Getting rid of the stigma and talking about it is a good step forward.