Staff at Incommunities are getting on their bikes to support a global cycle challenge to support the mental health charity, Mind and help save lives.
They aim to raise awareness of people vulnerable to suicide as part of World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September) by cycling the equivalent of 5,000 miles over three weeks at home, in the gym, going to and from work and by enjoying the great outdoors.
The housing group’s challenge will run until 1st October and they have launched a JustGiving page for donations: http://bit.ly/2gFzHxy
In Bradford, every year 40 to 50 people die by taking their own life whilst deaths from suicide in the UK rose to 6,188 in 2015.
Incommunities is also linking up with Bradford Council to distribute credit sized cards to staff and local offices which gives advice and key contacts for anyone who feels at risk of suicide or self-harm. Information is also being promoted on TV screens at the housing group’s main base in Shipley.
Greg Robinson, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Resources, said: “Staff are really looking forward to supporting this cycle challenge in support of Mind and raising awareness of the risks of suicide.
“Talking about mental health and listening to family, friends and colleagues is an important first step to tackling issues you might face and accessing help.
“The cycle challenge also continues our important work to promote physical and mental health among all employees led by our Wellbeing Team.”
If you feel you are in crisis and need help then contact Bradford First Response Service on 01274 221181 or call the Samaritans on freephone 116123.
For more information on World Suicide Prevention Day click https://iasp.info/wspd2017/