St Paul’s Bessbrook set to break world record

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
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On Monday 7th Sept at 11.15am over 1600 pupils, along with teachers and staff from St Paul’s, Bessbrook will take part in an event that will see them break the world record for the most people planking in one location. stpauls11The event is part of ‘Events Against Suicide’, an initiative by the amazing Cycle Against Suicide Community during World Suicide Prevention Week. The aim of Events Against Suicide is to have unique, fun and interesting ways to spread awareness of their message “It’s ok not to feel ok; and it is absolutely ok to ask for help”. Cycle Against Suicide was founded by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen as a result of an appearance on RTÉ’S documentary, The Secret Millionaire. The programme inspired Jim to continue to use his skills and influences to help raise awareness of mental health in Ireland and signpost people in need to the considerable supports available for suicide prevention in Ireland. The Plankathon event is being organised by Joanne Callan, a past pupil of St Paul’s. stpauls7Speaking about her involvement with Cycle Against Suicide Joanne said, “Earlier this year I had the pleasure of taking part in some of the events as part of the main cycle. The energy, passion, honesty and overall feel of being part of Cycle Against Suicide is something I will never forget. “There are fantastic organisations and individuals doing great work across Ireland to support people with their mental health but very often people suffer a lot before they reach out and ask for help. “As a society and as individuals we need to know and accept that just like our physical health it is ok to ask for help with our mental health and to know that early intervention is key as it helps to stop the problems from getting bigger. She added, “One of the main reasons that I became interested in the work that Cycle Against Suicide do was because of their focus on working with schools and young people to promote a positive approach to mental and emotional health, making sure that across the island of Ireland young people get the message that “it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”. You can find out more about the work that Cycle Against Suicide do and the wide range of events that they organise throughout Ireland, by visiting their website by clicking HERE or their Facebook page Cycle Against Suicide.

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