The people of CLARE are asked to “share the load along the way” in an effort to strengthen mental health in the community.
Cycle Against Suicide is running a virtual cycle from this Saturday, April 24 to May 31 to highlight its “Community Buddy” program that prioritizes peer support as a means of identifying and helping those who may be vulnerable.
Cycle Against Suicide is working to prioritize mental health support by training mental health support ‘Buddies’ in communities across Ireland.
Unable to embark on its regular fundraising cycle this year, the group is encouraging the people of Clare to go out on their own and cover the miles in their county to help raise money to train friends.
The Cycle Against Suicide ‘Community Buddy’ program trains and equips participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to provide local support to people with mental health issues.
It costs € 400 to train a Buddy, and the group aims to raise € 40,000 to promote the program.
Cycle Against Suicide Executive Director Caroline Lafferty said: “Communities are in a powerful position to mobilize in support of people who may be struggling.
“Research shows that the greatest impact is achieved when support is provided locally by individuals and organizations that are part of the communities they serve.”
For people who wish to nominate their local clubs or associations and support the formation of a Buddy for their community, Cycle Against Suicide invites you 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 create a valuable group of knowledgeable and trained ‘Buddies’ who can provide support to the people in your community.
More details are available at: www.cycleagainstsuicide.com If your community has been affected by suicide and you would like Cycle Against Suicide to help you, please contact us by email [email protected]
If you or someone you know is struggling, information on where you can get help for mental health issues, visit https://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/help-in-your-area-2/
More supports are available at www.cycleagainstsuicide.com
Cycle Against Suicide is a volunteer-based national suicide prevention and awareness charity. If you want to get involved in our work, please send an email to: [email protected]