With over 800 people dying by suicide in Ireland each year, and research indicating that thousands more contemplate it, let us take a moment to reflect on the pain and suffering experienced by every single person impacted by suicide.
We all have a role to play, and together we can collectively address the challenges that suicide presents. Preventing suicide requires all of us to learn, care and act. Supportive relationships and community connectedness are key elements of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. In a bid to save more lives, let us talk openly about suicide with family and friends.
Together let us highlight to those suffering that you are not alone and that: It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’
We ask that you join in our campaign and help us spread the message: It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’
How to complete the ‘CAS Challenge’
1. Upload a photo of yourself to Facebook holding a paper with the slogan #ItsOKnottofeelOK
2. Nominatee three friends to complete the challenge
3. Text ORANGE to 50300. Text cost €2. Cycle Against Suicide will receive a minimum of €1.80. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278
Cycle Against Suicide are fundraising for our school’s programme One in three young people in Ireland will experience some form of mental health issue in any given year, with Ireland having the fourth highest teen suicide rate in the EU/OECD region. For the majority of individuals living with a mental health problem or mental illness, the first onset of their symptoms began when they were teenagers, and evidence shows that early intervention is critical if treatment is to have the most positive outcomes for the future life chances of affected young people. Our school’s programme is about building resilience amongst young people.