The organisers of Darkness into Light in Blarney and Ballincollig have called on local people to come and support this weekends Darkness into Light event raising awareness of suicide and mental health. More than 200,000 people worldwide are expected to walk in the pre-dawn hours on 11th May, campaigning to remove the stigma around suicide and self-harm and raising vital funds for Pieta House. Last year’s Darkness into Light saw €6 million raised last year for Pieta House services including suicide prevention, intervention, counselling and bereavement services. €670,000 was raised across 21 venues in Cork last year by 26,000 walkers on Leeside. Cork has the busiest Pieta House in Ireland outside of Dublin, and the number of people doing the walk gives an indication of the reach suicide has in communities here, with people taking part who have been affected through family members and friends taking their lives. So it’s a very cathartic effect for many people doing the walk. Darran Coyle-Garde, Pieta House Cork, said, “The whole idea behind the Darkness into Light symbolises a person’s journey through Pieta House, starting from that dark place and the sun coming up which symbolises the light at the end of the tunnel, which signifies hope for people. “Since we arrived in Cork five years ago, we’ve grown to the point now where we can see up to 90 people per day. The ages can vary from young children to people in their eighties. We are a free service which runs on a self-referral basis. You can also have a friend make a call on your behalf, with your consent.” To register for Darkness into Light go to darknessintolight.ie/blarney or darknessintolight.ie/ballincollig.
If you need to contact Pieta House Cork call 021 4394333 or text ‘HELP’ to 51444.