Blarney Event aims to raise awareness of mental health and suicide

On 17th January a Cycle Against Suicide Spinoff Cycle is being organized by a team of community volunteers headed by local man Mark McGloughlin entirely for the community and local people. Centred around a 53km cycle of Blarney and the surrounding area, the event will also include a spinathon, some great entertainment and music and some interesting speakers on mental health and suicide. The event is taking place at Scoil Mhuire gan Smál in Blarney at 11am on January 17th and people are encouraged to register to join the cycle or come down and support the spinathon. On the day registration will be possible from 7pm to 9pm on Friday evening January 16th and also from 9am to 10.30am on Saturday morning January 17th at the school. The Cycle will leave Scoil Mhuire gan Smál at 11am. The aim of the Cycle Against Suicide Team monthly SpinOffs is to gather the people from towns and villages all over the island of Ireland coming together with a common focus. To make a difference. To save lives. And ultimately, to fight against suicide. Over 200 cyclists are expected to pedal through Blarney and surrounding areas whilst around 30 people will participate in the Spinathon at the same time in the school. Mental Health Organisations will be exhibiting at the school to support the important message of the cycle that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’. They are looking for people to participate in the cycle and the spinathon but also volunteers to help on the day, if you can help contact edel.ledwith@cycleagainstsuicide.com for more information. People can keep up-to-date on organized training spins, register for the cycle/spinathon through our facebook page www.facebook.com/blarneyspinoff or follow them on twitter at @casblarney www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

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