TOGETHER….Not ALONE – PIPS launches School Relay Run

June 5, 2017

PIPS Newry and Mourne are proud to launch their new schools suicide prevention initiative – a School Relay Run which is set to take place later this month.

The suicide prevention and awareness charity has joined up with regional group Volunteer Now to create a positive approach in promoting the message that ‘Suicide is preventable’.   The event aims to highlight to all young people that participation, communication and social action can bring about real change in their schools, communities and the wider society.

A total of 318 students from 13 local secondary schools will participate in this event which will take place on Wednesday 21st June.  This number of students will give a visual representation of the current suicide statistics for 2015 in Northern Ireland.   The relay will begin from lead school, St.Paul’s High School in Bessbrook, and will follow an 11.5 mile route along which an olympic torch will be passed from one rely runner to the next.

PIPS are proud to announce 13 local ‘Sporting Ambassadors’ who will join with the school to reinforce the message that exercise is a clear path to positive mental health outcomes.

Eamon Murphy form PIPS Newry and Mourne says connecting the schools across the district in this way, “aims to address some of the real fears, while also reducing some of the stigma often associated with mental health issues.”

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the community, voluntary and statutory groups who have supported this campaign so far.”

If you would like to become involved, support or contribute to this event in any way, please contact Eamon at PIPS Newry and Mourne (028 30266195) or Aidan at Volunteer Now (07585110855).