Bike4Life – The MKM Challenge.
In this time of great anxiety we need to remain aware of the impact it is having on people’s mental health. We know that there are many people who are struggling through this period and many feeling that they have nowhere to turn. Suicide prevention needs our immediate attention.
Cycle Against Suicide have designed a unique event to create a deeper sense of empathy, promote an active lifestyle and highlight to people that they are not alone, there are options available. We are urging people to take to their bikes and join our Bike4Life – MKMChallenge.
‘BUDDY UP and Make the Call’
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone to varying degrees, changing our lives in ways that we may not fully understand for years to come. First responders have stood on the frontlines during this crisis, putting their lives in danger to protect others. We also realise that people are suffering more silently during this crisis, their challenges no less real than any others. Their lives turned upside down. People are struggling to keep a hold on their mental health, and sadly, there will be instances we do not hear about until it is too late.
Knowing the effects of this crisis – the stress, the isolation, the loneliness – we realise that before long it is going to harm our neighbours’, our friends’, and our families’, mental health on a large scale. We do not need to stand idly by and wait for this to happen. There are preventive measures that we can take. Confiding in someone about our worries and fears can strengthen our relationships and fight off the mental health challenges that can otherwise follow the lockdowns that have characterised this crisis. At a time when we are feeling overwhelmed, friendships can offset the body’s stress response and sustain our ability to withstand the uncertainty.
Cycle Against Suicide is encouraging people to ‘Buddy Up and Make the Call’. By caring and sharing a little of our time during this difficult period, not only are we supporting and inspiring each other, we are cultivating healthier minds by pushing back against the sort of mental health challenges that can reveal themselves and at times turn tragic.
“BUDDY UP and Make the Call” connects directly to our overall mission at Cycle Against Suicide, making this moment an important one for us as we continue to foster better mental health in all. By making that simple call to others, checking that they are OK, we can add a little relief, a little compassion, to our long days.
Seize the moment. ‘Buddy Up and Make the Call’
Participating could not be easier.
- ‘Make the Call’ to three people that you think may need support. Say to them that they are not alone, we are all in this together. Tell them that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK and that YOU are there for them.
- Commit to supporting these three people throughout.
- Tag three of your contacts so they too ‘Buddy Up and Make the Call’
- Share the ‘Buddy Up and Make the Call’ online sticker to encourage others to become involved and make that call
When an individual is vulnerable enough to consider taking their own life, silence is read as indifference. With hundreds of people dying by suicide in Ireland each year, and research indicating that thousands more contemplate it, we all have a role to play, and together we can collectively address the challenges that suicide presents. Discussions about suicide are needed now more than ever. In a bid to save more lives, Cycle Against Suicide sets out to start these discussions and change culture to create a society that openly talks about suicide, enabling people to speak up and reach out for help.