All club runs and club races are currently suspended due to government restrictions on social distancing to limit the spread of coronavirus.
People are allowed to go out once per day to exercise, either alone of with members of their household. Club members are asked to behave responsibly, and not ride in groups or take unnecessary risks.
With increasing Coronavirus restrictions, many cyclists will be worried about their mental health as well as their physical health. Club member Gideon Burrows offers some valuable advice.
Hi, as a member of the Ards CC Mental Health committee, and someone who often suffers poor mental health myself, I’d like to offer cycling colleagues some links to help you if you’re feeling anxious, depressed, isolated or experiencing other mental health challenges in these extremely difficult times.
The Health and Social Care Boards have a wide range of contacts, published here: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/Mental_Health_Z_Card_NorthernArea_01_2017.pdf
Lifeline is an excellent phone helpline for those experiencing depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety and other mental health issues: https://www.lifelinehelpline.info
If you are suffering, anxious or depressed, you don’t have to be isolated – there is the phone, messaging, helplines and friends to talk to. If we can’t chat on our usual club runs, don’t be afraid to connect with others here, by phone or messaging.
Don’t suffer. Ask for help. You won’t regret it. Keep well.