CLARE people are being asked to “share the load on the road” in an effort to bolster mental health in the community.
Cycle Against Suicide is running a virtual cycle from this Saturday, April 24 until May 31 to highlight its “Community Buddy” programme that prioritises peer to peer support as a means to identify and help those who may be vulnerable.
Cycle Against Suicide is working to prioritise mental health support by training mental health support ‘Buddies’ into communities across Ireland.
Unable to undertake their usual fundraising cycle this year, the group is encouraging Clare people to get out on their own and cover the miles in their county to help raise money to train the buddies.
The Cycle Against Suicide ‘Community Buddy’ programme trains and equips participants with practical, hands-on skills and knowledge they need to deliver local support to those in mental health distress.
It costs €400 to train a Buddy, and the group is aiming to raise €40,000 to further the programme.
Cycle Against Suicide CEO, Caroline Lafferty said, “Communities are in a powerful position to mobilise themselves in support of the individuals who maybe struggling.
“Research shows that the greatest impact is made when support is provided locally by people and organisations who are part of the communities they service.”
For individuals who would like to nominate their local clubs or associations and support the training of a Buddy for their community, Cycle Against Suicide is inviting them to join its virtual cycle ‘Share the Load on the Road’.
By joining this 670km virtual cycle from April 24 to May 31, you will be helping Cycle Against Suicide to create a valuable group of skilled and knowledgeable ‘Buddies’ who can provide support to people in your community.
Further details are available at: www.cycleagainstsuicide.com If your community has been affected by suicide and you want Cycle Against Suicide to help, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know is struggling, information about where you can get help for mental health issues, please visit https://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/help-in-your-area-2/
Further supports are available on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com
Cycle Against Suicide in a volunteer based national suicide awareness/prevention charity. If you would like to get involved with our work, please email: email@example.com