AS Killarney Community College hosted the participants in this year’s Cycle Against Suicide yesterday evening and this Thursday morning, students in another local secondary school also embraced the awareness campaign by turning orange – the official event colour – for the day on Tuesday.
All students in St Brigid’s Secondary School were encouraged to wear orange to promote the important cause and the aim was to spread the vital message that it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.
Now in its seventh year, the big cycle got underway in Dublin last Saturday and it is scheduled to conclude back in the capital next Monday.
Killarney Community College was chosen as the host school for the Killarney leg of the cycle with the first cyclists rolling into the college grounds shortly after 4.30pm yesterday. They overnighted with host families in Killarney and this morning there was an hour-long presentation focusing on the topic of mental health and wellbeing in the school.
With over 800 people dying by suicide in Ireland each year, and research indicating that thousands more contemplate it, everybody has a role to play to collectively address the challenges that suicide presents. 335 of suicide deaths last year were among men and the highest rates were observed among 45-54-year-olds.
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