Belfast Boys Model School
9.30am Wednesday 26 April 2017
Cycle Against Suicide with over 300 cyclists will be arriving in North Belfast on Wednesday 26 April 2017 with a special event in the Boys Model with the message “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”.
Each year Cycle Against Suicide and a peloton of over 300 cyclists all dressed in orange ride around Ireland to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.
A feature of their journey are special Anchor School Events. This year in Belfast, the Boys Model will be hosting this amazing and colourful event on Wednesday 26 April 2017 starting at 9.30am. This will include 100 strong school choir, presentations, videos, celebrity speakers, entertainment and an exhibition of local mental health services.
Colm Hayes CEO of Cycle Against Suicide said, ‘We are so excited to be coming to Belfast as part of our cycle around Ireland to raise awareness of mental health issues and even more excited to be coming to the Boys Model School in North Belfast to an amazing mental health event bringing together eleven schools from the local community, it will be brilliant’
Their visit to Belfast is being hosted by a range of schools and community groups and Jo Murphy, Director for Lighthouse said, ‘This wonderful event will showcase the talent and skills of our young people in North Belfast and also an opportunity to show we care and support each other.’
Alan Todd, Principal of the Boys Model who are holding the event underlined the importance of positive mental health messages, ‘We are well aware of the issues facing young people today and this event underlines that feeling not ok is not unusual, it’s something we all feel from time to time and there is always a positive way forward. This event is a tremendous opportunity to get that positive message across’.
This event will be very much a positive celebration and also an opportunity to show we care and support each other.