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Herts cyclists dedicate 1,500 miles for suicide prevention

05 Oct 18 - 04 Oct 19

Cyclists around Hertfordshire dedicated 1,500 miles of cycling to the Spot the Signs, suicide prevention campaign in September to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day. Spot the Signs took part in the Cycle Around the Globe campaign, aiming to prevent suicides by inviting people to talk about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

Spot The Signs & Save a Life is a suicide prevention campaign funded by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and delivered in partnership by Mind in Mid Herts and Herts Mind Network. It delivers training, signposting and information to the public.

Emma Paisley, Senior Project Coordinator of the Spot the Signs and Save a Life campaign said: “I’m thrilled that so many cyclists got involved in the campaign. It’s so important for communities to support their vulnerable people and talk more openly about their mental health - this was a great way of raising awareness of the campaign.

“I’m also extremely grateful to the many local businesses who donated prizes for the cyclists who completed the most miles.”

One lucky winner was HPFT’s Finance Director Keith Loveman, who notched up 371 miles for the campaign. He was presented with a top of the range Lazer Sport cycling helmet from The Flat Earth Bike Shop for his efforts and said: “It was a pleasure to dedicate my cycle rides to the Spot the Signs campaign. HPFT is a member of the Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Network and we’re all working together to help make Hertfordshire a county where no one ever gets to a point where they feel suicide is their only option.

“I find cycling an ideal activity for improving my mood and sense of wellbeing, so I’m looking forward to making full use of my prize and getting outdoors on my bike, whatever the weather.”

Find out more about the campaign at www.hpft.nhs.uk/spot-the-signs

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