Cyclists are being asked to get pedalling around the world next week – or up to eight miles of it – to promote better mental health. The Active Medway Cycle Group will be meeting at Riverside Country Park in Lower Rainham from 6-7pm on Thursday, 12 September.

The event, organised by Medway Council’s Public Health team, is open to anyone over 16 with a choice of routes to suit all abilities – from two miles up to eight miles. It is being held to support World Suicide Prevention Day, with events taking place across the UK to highlight the work of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

The charity is hoping people will sign up to collectively cycle 24,900 miles – the circumference of the globe – to raise awareness of their work and the support available for people in distress. For more information on the cycling event on Thursday, 12 September please contact sara.moreland@medway.gov.uk or hazel.gallagher@medway.gov.uk or call 01634 333727.

For more on the work of the International Association for Suicide Prevention visit their website at http://www.iasp.info/wspd

The following support organisations offer help for people with mental health issues in Medway.
• Samaritans http://www.samaritans.org 08457 909090 (24hrs)
• PAPYRUS-Prevention of Young Suicide http://www.papyrus-uk.org 0800 068 4141
• Mental Health Matters a 24hr Kent & Medway helpline number 08001070160
• Maytree (a temporary accommodation sanctuary for those experiencing suicidal feelings) 0207 2637070 http://www.maytree.org.uk
• CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) a website and helpline for men aged 15-35 who are feeling depressed or down 0800585858 http://www.thecalmzone.net

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