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Roz Purcell opens up on Cycle Against Suicide

1 of 1 2fm's Colm Hayes with Roz Purcell
2fm's Colm Hayes with Roz Purcell

Model and Clonmel native Roz Purcell gave an emotional speech at the end of the charity event Cycle Against Suicide last Sunday.

Watch Roz Purcell's speech here

The 23-year-old spoke to the 2,000 cyclists taking part in the final stage of the charity cycle, which wassupported by 2fm. "I came on board for Cycle Against Suicide thinking of it as a physical challenge, not realising that what we are doing is changing the way a nation is thinking about mental health.

"Together, we are starting to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in Ireland."

She added: "I don't understand why I sometimes still don't feel OK. There's no reason but that's OK. When I don't feel OK I call my dad – He's the one I go to.

"All of you have to understand that there is always someone you can talk to. I didn't even realise until I started this cycle that it had affected me so much."

Voice of Ireland coach Bressie also took part in approximately 800km's of the 1,400km cycle: "It's been an incredible experience, very inspiring to me personally.

"I suffer from mental health issues and have done since I was a teenager."

For further informaition visit http://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

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