Stevenage cycle ride to mark World Suicide Prevention Day


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A 10-mile cycle ride will take place in Stevenage at the weekend to mark the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day.

Mental health charity Mind in Mid Herts has joined together with Hertfordshire suicide prevention campaign Spot the Signs and Save a Life to host a cycle ride for the international Cycle Around the Globe event to help raise awareness of suicide.

The 10-mile ride will take place on Sunday, from 11am until 2pm, and is open to all levels of ability, with a shorter route also available.

The distances ridden will contribute to the total miles the Cycle Around the Globe event covers, so every mile counts.

Take your own bike and meet at the Mind in Mid Herts Wellbeing Centre in Stevenage’s Town Square at 10.30am, for an 11am start.

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The event will raise money for Mind in Mid Herts to fund essential resources to support mental health and suicide prevention.

Siobhan Osgood, senior project coordinator of the Spot the Signs and Save a Life campaign, said: “Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a suicide, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.

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“World Suicide Prevention Day is an invaluable opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health.

“Spot the Signs and Save a Life is the Hertfordshire suicide prevention campaign and our vision is to make Hertfordshire a county where no one ever gets to a point where they feel suicide is their only option.”

To register for £5 to take part in the cycle ride, email

The Spot the Signs and Save a Life campaign aims to increase public awareness of depression and suicide and help remove the stigma of talking openly about suicide, as well as providing suicide prevention training to GPs and other healthcare providers and working with companies to create safer workplaces.

If you need help from the Samaritans, call the freephone number 116 123. The phone lines are open 24/7.

The North Herts and Stevenage branch of the Samaritans is based in Nuns Close, Hitchin, and is open seven days a week. Call the branch on 01462 455 333 to check opening times and book an appointment.

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