St Albans health groups saddle up for World Suicide Prevention Day

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 August 2017

The logo of Spot the Signs, who are one of the organisations behind the cycle ride.

The logo of Spot the Signs, who are one of the organisations behind the cycle ride.


A peloton of Herts and St Albans health groups are recruiting cyclists for a suicide prevention ride.

The 10-mile ride will start in Stevenage on Sunday, September 10, between 11am and 2pm.

It is part of the Cycle Around the Globe event, an international effort for World Suicide Prevention Day, to amass the exact miles it would take to cycle around the world.

Siobhan Osgood, project coordinator for Herts suicide prevention campaign Spot the Signs, said: “Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a suicide, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable. World Suicide Prevention Day is an invaluable opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health.”

Participants can register for £5 by emailing

St Albans health and wellbeing partnership are organising a registration stall at St Albans city station on Monday, September 4 between 4pm and 7pm.

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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