St Peter's College is anchor school for Cycle Against Suicide event

By Esther Hayden

St Peter's College has been named as an anchor school for the 2016 Cycle Against Suicide (CAS).

The cycle starts in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, April 24, and covers the entire island of Ireland for two weeks, before finishing in Dublin on Saturday, May 7.

St. Peter's College will welcome around 1,000 cyclists on Thursday, May 5, and Wexford will host the overnight stop that evening. The next morning, Friday, May 6, St. Peter's College, together with Cycle Against Suicide, will organise a mental health event comprising of presentations, videos, music, celebrity speakers and an exhibition of local mental health services. The cycle will then make its way to Gorey for the afternoon stop, before arriving in Arklow that evening.

Thomas Gleeson, the Link Teacher for St. Peters College said: 'The impact of this type of activity is powerful and far reaching, not just in our schools, but also in the community at large. It gets the conversation around mental health going, and highlights the support services that are available to those that need them.

'Promoting positive mental health practices in our school, and the community, is an important task to St. Peter's College. It's about encouraging people to know that it's absolutely okay to ask for help.'

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