Deciding Not To Die Isn’t The Same As Choosing To Live

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Just over a year ago, we published a powerful piece on mental health called ‘What If I Want to Die Every Day of My Life’. Since then, the author has spent some time off the bike, having been admitted to a mental health unit. Now, they’re hoping to find their way back out onto the trails. Memories of bike rides and adventures.Early last year things started to get really tough for me. And although I’d always known, it wasn’t until a particular ride and a particular conversation that I actually understood how and why riding my bike was so important to me. Something that sadly – or maybe reassuringly – resonated with a lot of other people too. I thought I had things in hand. But despite my efforts – and those of a few around me – I couldn’t stop falling. I pretended I wasn’t, I ignored it best I could but it wouldn’t stop. I rode my bike once or twice in the next few months but it all fell away as I...

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