Cyclists of all abilities are invited to join a bike ride around Wirral to raise awareness of preventing suicide.
The ride leaves Woodside Ferry Terminal at 10am on World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September 2017) and takes in Hooton, Parkgate, The Wirral Way, West Kirby, Hoylake, New Brighton and Seacombe before returning back to Woodside. A steady pace should see the riders finishing between 5pm and 6pm that evening.
The ride is part of the international ‘Cycle Around the Globe’ campaign which aims to raise awareness through community action.
The local ride has been organised by the council, Spider project (a community project that works with people with mental health difficulties), Wirral CCG and a number of community organisations to raise public awareness about suicide.
There is no fee to enter, no requirement to raise funds and it isn’t a race. There are just a few basic things you will need for the day:
- Your own bike – this doesn’t need to be anything fancy but should be in good working order.
- A helmet – it is recommended that you wear protective headgear.
- Drink plenty of fluids prior to the ride and ensure you take a bottle of water with you.
- A packed lunch – it’s a long day and you’ll need to sustain yourself.
To mark the start of the bike ride a superlambanana has been decorated with symbolic images and will be placed inside the Ferry Terminal at Woodside.
- The scarf around its neck has been painted in the colours of the World Suicide Prevention Day campaign.
- The thumb prints on one side are the thumb prints of all the service users at the Spider project.
- ‘Suicide is avoidable’ relates to the ‘No More’ suicide prevention strategy adopted across Merseyside and Cheshire.
- ‘Take a minute, save a life’ is the slogan used by the National Suicide Prevention Alliance; a partnership of public, private and voluntary organisations dedicated to preventing suicide.
- Lastly, if you look closely you will see that semi-colons have been used instead of letters in the large messages on either side. The semi-colon has become the sign of hope for many who have suffered with mental health problems. A semi-colon is used when an author could have finished their sentence, but chose not to. The semi-colon is to encourage others to choose to carry on living.
Don’t forget to take a picture of yourself and friends with the superlambanana before you set off on your bike ride and upload your pictures to social media with the hashtag #WSPD to help spread the message.
Remember to reserve your place on the ride.
If you have any further questions about the bike ride, please contact Steve Gavin from Public Health on 07889 368 873.
If you need help and support with mental health problems please call MIND on 0300 123 3393 or text 86463. Alternatively, visit the Wirral MIND website.
Help and support for a wide range of health issues that may impact on a person’s mental wellbeing can be found online at Healthwatch Wirral.