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.
Date: 6th 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. Pieta House’s 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, Pieta House’s dedicated supporters have helped raise almost €20 million, which has enabled Pieta House to keep their doors and our 24/7 helpline open for people in crisis, free of charge. Since 2012, when the first international event took place in London, 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Walk with us, talk with us, so that together we can create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.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, Pieta House do everything they can to ensure that help is available to those in crisis. Since Pieta House began they have provided counselling to over 44,000 people, with almost 7,500 people coming through their doors in 2018.
Pieta House’s 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. Pieta House also provide support to children and adolescents through their Resilience Academy, a 6-week programme for secondary schools designed to promote positive mental health.
Pieta House are passionate about their 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