Walk with us Darkness into Light this May in Ballina
The symbolic walk into the light is aimed at encouraging people to talk about suicide and mental health issues. As a community we have lost so many of our loved ones to suicide and self harm. T
o remember those we have lost, we are inviting any family / friend to place a picture of their loved one on the altar in St Muredach’s Cathedral in front of the hope candle. (All photographs will be looked after very carefully)
So wake up and walk with us Darkness Into Light this May 11th
Date: 11th May
Start Time : 4:15am
Venue : Ballina Sports Centre
Darkness into Light
Each year the walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local community and to show their support for those who have been bereaved by suicide. Our team of volunteers, in Ireland and overseas, return year on year to help make the experience a rewarding one and to help us all continue to raise awareness in the global fight against suicide and self-harm.
Since Darkness Into Light began, our dedicated supporters have helped us raise almost €20 million, which has enabled us to keep our doors and our 24/7 helpline open for people in crisis, free of charge. Since 2012, when our first international event took place in London, our international charity partners have benefited from an investment of €3 million in local mental health support services.
Walk with us, talk with us, so that together we can create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.
About Pieta House
Founded in Dublin in 2006, Pieta House was established to provide freely accessible one-to-one counselling to people suffering from suicidal ideation, engaging in self-harm or to those bereaved by suicide.
With over 240 qualified therapists in 15 centres and a 24/7 helpline and text service, we do everything we can to ensure that help is available to those in crisis. Since we began we have provided counselling to over 44,000 people, with almost 7,500 people coming through our doors in 2018.
Our Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service delivers practical and emotional support to bereaved families in their time of crisis, either in their homes or a place of their choice. We also provide support to children and adolescents through our Resilience Academy, a 6-week programme for secondary schools designed to promote positive mental health.
We are passionate about our life-saving work. And all services are provided free of charge.
For more information, visit Pieta House.
24/7 Suicide Helpline (Ireland only):
Call 1800 247 247 or text HELP 51444
Electric Ireland is proud to be supporting Darkness Into Light again in 2019
Electric Ireland was launched in 2011 as the retail arm of ESB Group, supplying electricity, gas and energy services to the business and residential markets in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Electric Ireland is recognised as Ireland’s leading energy provider, with a mission to create a brighter future for the customers and communities it serves.
Electric Ireland has supported Darkness into Light since 2013, working with Pieta to bring hope to customers, staff and communities across Ireland that have been affected by suicide.
Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director, ESB, commented on the long term partnership between Electric Ireland and Pieta, that has seen the Darkness into Light event grow from 20 venues in 2013 to 180 last year.
“Electric Ireland has proudly supported the Darkness Into Light event for the past seven years and over that time we have worked with Pieta to grow Darkness into Light into the global event it is today. Our mission is to help create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve.
Darkness into Light reminds us all to believe in the power of hope. We are looking forward to walking with our colleagues, friends and customers on the 11th May and helping to make this years walk the most successful yet”
Last year 1,386 people registered to attend the Ballina event and raised €28,655 to support our vital services.
Your support of this event means that we are able to deliver vital programs in this local area.