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IT Carlow in Race for Positive Mental Health and Suicide Awareness

18/04/2013

The race was on at Institute of Technology Carlow as the Department of Science and Health launched the ‘Race for Positive Mental Health and Suicide Awareness’. Staff and students took up the challenge of cycling, running and then rowing as far as they could within a 15 minute timeframe. With over 60 participants across the day, it was estimated more than 200 kilometers were covered and over €800 was raised.

The fundraiser comes just months after the publication of the ‘Young Men and Suicide Project’ report, written by Dr. Noel Richardson, Lecturer and Director of the National Centre for Men’s Health at IT Carlow. Dr. Richardson said there are ‘no quick-fix solutions but neither is there any place for inertia or ambivalence, there is both a public health and a moral requirement to act.’

Speaking after the event, Jennifer Wallace, Course Director BSc Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy at IT Carlow said ‘Positive mental health is such an important and pertinent subject in Irish society today. It is wonderful to see such turn out and support for this fundraiser. We hope to run this event annually and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their efforts’.

 

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For further information contact: Muirghin Brophy, Communications Officer, IT Carlow

Telephone: 059 917 5083

Email: communications@itcarlow.ie

 

Pic:  L – R: Brian O’Rourke and Damien Sheehan, both lecturers in Department of Science and Health at IT Carlow.