#MoveNENC Challenge

Take on the #MoveNENC Challenge for Suicide Prevention

This year the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network is joining the IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) virtual global cycle with our own #MoveNENC Challenge beginning on World Suicide Prevention Day as part of our Creating Hope Through Action campaign.

Starting on 10th September until 10th October, we will be on the move – cycling, walking, running or moving in any way you prefer – to help raise awareness of how to help prevent suicide, reduce the stigma, and start a conversation that might just help save lives.

We hope that Network members, their friends and families, and people from across our communities will join us – anywhere and anytime between these dates – so that we can do as many miles as possible.

How to get involved – it’s easy and FREE!

  • Do it on your own. Just get out there and walk/cycle/run/move. On your own or with a friend, wherever and whenever suits you, and as far as you can manage. As well as being for a great cause, it’s so good for your own mental wellbeing too.
  • Do it as a group. Safely plan local cycling/running/walking/moving events with your organisation, work colleagues, neighbours, friends, or family. It’s a great way of including people who might be feeling isolated too. Let us know what you are planning so we can share on social media.

Let us know how many miles you have completed – every mile counts! Tag us on social media @StopSuicideNENC and use the hashtag #MoveNENC to tell us your total every time you complete an activity. You can also submit your miles by email to [email protected]

As well as your miles, we also want to see your photos, stories of hope and positive messages that we can share on social media and our website. We will announce the total miles we achieve over the month after 10th October.

Fundraising is optional but we hope to raise some money for some of the great local organisations supporting vulnerable people across the North East and North Cumbria. If you wish, please support this cause by donating to your local suicide prevention charity. Suggestions for charities you may want to support include:

  • If U Care Share – Providing a range of services with the aims of prevention, intervention and supporting those bereaved by suicide across the North East ifucareshare.co.uk
  • Every Life Matters – Promoting Suicide Safer Communities and providing suicide bereavement support across Cumbria every-life-matters.org.uk

Cycle Around the Globe. We are joining the IASP’s virtual cycling event, which is back for the eighth year running, to raise awareness of suicide prevention worldwide. Last year over 201,000 miles were cycled in over 40 countries, which is equivalent to eight times around the world, but this year IASP wants to top that so we can help by registering any cycle miles we do in NENC with them too! #cycletheglobe

To find out more about the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network or to access sources of support, please explore our website.

Every 45 seconds someone takes their life, an estimated 703,000 people a year around the world. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected resulting in 108 million people, annually, are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviours. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.