Category Archives: Cycle Against Suicide

Ambassador School Awards



Last Friday we attended an awards ceremony in Farmleigh House, Dublin. We were one of forty-two schools in the country to achieve this prestigious award from
Cycle Against Suicide.
The award was granted to us in recognition of all the work we did last year to promote positive mental health in our school community and to help to get across the message:
It’s ok Not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help
Three members of our Student Council received the award on behalf of our school. On stage they had an opportunity to share some memories with Jim Breen, founder of CAS and to meet celebrities like Caitriona McKiernan and Grace Murray, an Irish soccer player.

Cycle Against Suicide

After months of preparations the day finally arrived. On Thursday 30th April we hosted The Cycle Against Suicide for a lunchtime stop.

Cycling from Enniskillan to Longford, 500 hundred cyclists and 100 support staff; joined by 60 students and staff from our school, arrived to a wonderful welcome at Ballinamore CS. An enthusiastic guard of honour cheered the cyclist on. In the canteen the cyclists were provided with a wonderful array of sandwiches, baked good, drinks, warm hospitality and some traditional Irish music.

Afterwards, in our main hall, students, staff, parents and cyclists gathered for a mental health event. Over twelve mental health organisations were present on the day. There was music and entertainment. Jim Breen, led a series of inspirational talks. Breifne Early and Aoibheann McCaul took time off their bikes to share their story and reason for supporting the cycle.

Finally, as the sea of orange exited our school, once again Ballinamore CS showed their support for the team of cyclists and that we want to help spread the message:

It’s Ok Not to Feel Ok; and It’s Ok to Ask for Help.

CAS Fun Run/Walk


This morning Jim Breen and Cycle against Suicide visited our school. Together (students, staff and parents) we completed a 3km Fun Run/Walk around Ballinamore. Orange was the colour of the day as we promoted our message about positive mental health.
It’s ok Not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help
Two members of staff went a little further with the Cycle Against Suicide Team and ran with them to Swanlinabar.
Well done to everyone for the super effort today.
Thanks to Jim and his team for linking in with us and helping us build up to the big cycle on Thursday 30th.We wish them well as they continue their 800 km run around Ireland.

Parents Association: Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide

The Ballinamore Community School Parents Association is delighted that our school is apart of this very positive initiative promoting supportive conversations around positive mental health (talking/asking for help), alongside a positive approach to physical health and good lifestyle choices.

 “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”.

We are asking all parents to consider what their input could be; maybe through continuing the conversation at home around positive mental health, by joining the cycle with your son/daughter, by volunteering to assist on the day with the visitors, or by donating baked goods and the tidy up afterwards.

To volunteer or make suggestions, please contact The Ballinamore Community School Parents Association by text 086 380 2292 or email with you contact number and name as soon as possible.”

Jim Breen visits Ballinamore CS

On the 24th of February, Jim Breen, the entrepreneur that started Cycle Against Suicide, came to talk to our TY, 5th, 6th and Student Council groups. He arrived at 15:00 and had a quick look around the school before giving his talk.

Jim talked to the group about how he had coped with depression and how he was so glad that he talked to someone he trusted to get help. He also wanted to see what progress we had made in organising the event and what we all know about mental health awareness.

As the countdown really begins Jim really inspired us in our preparations for being an anchor school on the big cycle, April 30th.