CBS Students Attend Massive Cycle Against Suicide Event In Limerick

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CBS The Green students at the Cycle Against Suicide Student Congress this week.

CBS The Green students were among the thousands who attended the biggest ever Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders’ Congress this week and found it a really worthwhile experience.

Last week, students and teachers travelled to the University of Limerick to the event where 6,000 students gathered in UL to raise awareness of the key message; It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.

The Congress promoted help-seeking behaviour in young people. and broughtvtogether young adults and teachers from all over the island of Ireland in an inspiring and energetic forum comprising live entertainment, discussion, celebrity guests, and much more.

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This year’s guests included former Connaught rugby coach, Pat Lam, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen Mc Entee, with entertainment provided by The Strypes and Orla Gartland.

Very much a student-led event, this year’s theme was “Share The Journey”, and students at CBS The Green School engaged with this theme to design a project and promote positive mental health within their school community.

This project part fulfils the requirement for the prestigious award of Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School, which CBS The Green Secondary School is hoping to receive at the end of this school year.

“Attending this year’s Congress was massively worthwhile”, said Anto Cronin, teacher at CBS The Green Secondary School. “It was a really enjoyable day, but it also carried a very important message; that our mental health, just like our physical health, needs to be cared for. Our students really took this year’s theme to heart, and worked very hard to raise awareness of the Cycle Against Suicide message in school, which for us, was the most important aspect of our involvement,” he continued.

The 2017 Cycle Against Suicide, a 14-day cycle around the island of Ireland aimed at bringing the message “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help” into homes and communities all around the island, begins on Sunday, April 23rd, and concludes on Saturday, May 6th. There are many ways to get involved whether it be as a cyclist or a volunteer.

For more information on this, or the Cycle Against Suicide Schools Programmes, check out , search Cycle Against Suicide on Facebook, or @CASuicide on Twitter.

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