Organisers of Darkness into Light are hoping more than 7,000 people will walk in Wicklow on May 11 after 6,758 marched in solidarity last year.
Pieta, supported by Electric Ireland, are calling on as many people as possible to join them to raise much need funding and awareness for the prevention of suicide and self-harm and the promotion of positive mental health.
Walks are being staged in the following locations in Wicklow: Arklow, Baltinglass, Blessington, Bray, Tinahely and Wicklow Town.
Over 200,000 people are expected to come together in the pre-dawn hours in 19 countries across five continents to take part in the global movement that seeks to remove the stigma around suicide and self-harm and spread the power of hope.
Last year, Darkness into Light walkers raised €6m from the event, of which €800,000 was raised across our international venues.
Worldwide close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year – one person every 40 seconds, while in this country 392 people took their own lives in 2017.
This year marks the s eventh year Electric Ireland have walked alongside Pieta to bring hope to customers, staff and communities across Ireland that have been affected by suicide.
To join the thousands of people around Ireland who are taking part in this year’s Darkness into Light 5k walk, go to www.darknessintolight.ie.
The funds raised from Darkness into Light help to keep Pieta centers open, offering free therapy, the 24 /7 Helpline line, education and bereavement counselling for people in need of support.
In 2018, over 8,000 clients were supported with face to face therapy by Pieta experts.
Since 2006, over 40,000 people received support from our intervention and bereavement counselling services.
By the end of this school year, Pieta will have reached out to over 7,500 students with a bespoke schools’ programme called the Resilience Academy a free programme for second year students in secondary schools designed to increase young people’s resilience, hope for the future, ability to cope with difficult feelings and connection to their school.