Six schools find a common cause
Pupils of Wexford were last week afforded a unique opportunity to attend a special Céilí Mór in aid of Cycle Against Suicide in St Joseph's Community Hall, Wexford, to promote positive mental health in schools and communities across the island of Ireland.
By David Tucker
The schools, many of which have been have been active supporters of the Cycle Against Suicide organisation since it's initiation a few years ago, included Coláiste Éamonn Rís, St Peter's College, Loreto Secondary School, Selskar College, Presentation Secondary School and FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody.
The Céilí Against Suicide, which brought together over 600 students, was aptly themed 'Together we can' (a theme selected by Cycle Against Suicide student leaders) intended to remind students, that it's ok not to feel ok; and it's absolutely ok to ask for help.
This inaugural Céilí Against Suicide Wexford, organised by Coláiste Éamonn Rís, highlighted the team effort and collective collaboration made by the students and staff of a wide range of Wexford schools. Together Wexford Can help break the cycle of suicide in Ireland.
Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by entrepreneur Jim Breen as a result of his appearance on RTE's The Secret Millionaire programme.
The main objective of the cycle is 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.
The power of the cycle and its message is something which each year brings communities, organisations, schools, individuals and cyclists of all abilities together with a common purpose.