CBS students get in gear for suicide awareness
National Suicide Prevention Day took place last on September 10 and to mark the occasion, eleven sixth year students from CBS decided to get on their bikes for a Spinathon.
The students took to the saddle at Wexford Bull Ring for almost two hours of non-stop pedalling on stationary bikes. The strenuous task was all for a good cause, as the boys aimed to promote the Cycle Against Suicide and raise awareness about positive mental health.
Among the group was Kevin Birney, who recently completed the Cycle Against Suicide leadership training programme. Kevin now acts as the representative for mental health awareness in CBS, since they achieved 'Ambassador School Status' in recognition of their commitment to the promotion of positive mental health.
The eleven students and many more of their peers are now getting in gear for the challenging Cycle Against Suicide SpinOff from Wexford Quay to Kilmore Quay on September 26. CBS students have been actively involved in the charity cycle in the past, particularly since the school cycling club was established last year.
According to CBS teacher Ruth Ivers, promoting awareness of suicide is one of the main aims behind their involvement in such events.
'The statistics out there show that young people, particularly young males, are at higher risk for suicide,' she said. 'We need to open up the conversation and remove the communication barrier that may prevent some people from expressing themselves.'