Increased stress, anxiety and depression are all side-effects of Covid-19.
For some people this translates to feelings of hopelessness, despair and for some suicidal thoughts.
Cycle Against Suicide are calling on communities to prioritise peer to peer support as a means to identify and help those who may be vulnerable.
Cycle Against Suicide is working to prioritise mental health support by training mental health support ‘Buddies’ into communities across Ireland. The Cycle Against Suicide ‘Community Buddy’ programme trains and equips participants with practical, hands-on skills and knowledge they need to deliver local support to those in mental health distress.
According to Cycle Against Suicide CEO, Caroline Lafferty communities are in a powerful position to mobilise themselves in support of the individuals who maybe struggling.
“Research shows that the greatest impact is made when support is provided locally by people and organisations who are part of the communities they service,” Caroline commented.
For individuals who would like to nominate their local clubs or associations and support the training of a ‘Buddy’ for their community, Cycle Against Suicide invite you to join their virtual cycle ‘Share the Load on the Road’.
By joining this 670km virtual cycle from April 24 to May 31, you will be helping Cycle Against Suicide to create a valuable group of skilled and knowledgeable ‘Buddies’ who can provide support to people in your community.
If you or someone you know is struggling, information about where you can get help for mental health issues, please visit https://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/help-in-your-area-2/
Further supports are available on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com
Cycle Against Suicide in a volunteer based national suicide awareness/prevention charity.