Supporters behind what has readily become one of the leading events in promoting awareness surrouding suicide prevention will rise early in Longford on May 6 to participate in the Darkness Into Light Walk.
Pieta House’s flagship fundraising and awareness walk/run – will take place in 150 locations across Ireland, north and south and all over the world this year.
1,300 people participated in the 2016 Longford DIL Walk and one of the organisers, Lorraine Nash is hoping there will be a similar turnout atnext month's event.
Now in its ninth year, Darkness Into Light (DIL) – again supported by Electric Ireland – will start in the early hours of Saturday, May 6. The event begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while the dawn is breaking.
People can now register for this year’s events at www.darknessintolight.ie.
Since it began in one venue - the Phoenix Park in Dublin in 2009 – DIL has grown into a global movement against suicide.
Funds raised help to keep Pieta House counselling services free to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide.
Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins is encouraging more and more people to participate in DIL to help achieve the charity’s vision of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.
“I want to ask everybody to wake up and join us in support of families and friends affected by suicide and self-harm,” he said.
“All of our services are free, but the demand for them is ever-increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to self-harm and into suicidal crisis and to the doors of Pieta House.”