Darkness into Light

  • Pieta says all of its therapy centres will remain open, following a financial review.

    The charity says it will be employing additional therapists, and redeploying admin staff who had been at risk of redundancy.

    The national suicide and self-harm prevention charity says its 15 centres plus four outreach centres will not be downgraded or closed.

    It says the postponement of its flagship fundraiser Darkness into Light left it with a very significant funding gap.

    However a public fundraising initiative, together with the Government wage subsidy scheme, increased support from the HSE and a 30 per cent pay cut for staff from April to June means that Pieta is in an improved financial position. 

  • Thousands of people across the region will be up before dawn tomorrow morning for the annual Darkness Into Light walks.

    Over 5,000 people in Mayo took part in the event last year, to raise funds for suicide prevention.

    The pre-dawn walks get underway at 4.15am at 9 locations across Co Mayo - in Achill, Ballina, Castlebar, Clare Island, Claremorris, Belmullet, Inisturk, Swinford and Westport.

    Four walks are planned in Co Roscommon - in Ballaghadereen, Boyle, Castlerea and Roscommon Town, with four also in Sligo - in Ballymote, Banada, Dromore West and Sligo Town, and walks will take place at 18 locations across Co Galway.

     

    Darkness Into Light is the annual fundraising and awareness event for Pieta House, which now has 15 centres across Ireland, offering free counselling to those with suicidal tendencies and people engaging in self-harm.

    Pieta also operates a Suicide Bereavement Counselling Service for people and families bereaved by suicide, and also operates a free 24-hour suicide helpline on 1800 247 247.

     

     

     

     

  • More than six million euro has been raised for Pieta House through its Darkness Into Light fundraiser.

    Over 140,000 people across the world took part in the annual event today.

    People walked, ran, cycled and swam despite wind and rain in many parts of the country.

    The support of those who signed up or donated means that Pieta's free crisis helpline will provide 3,500 people 8 hours of free counselling.

    Pieta employs over 200 qualified therapists, and their services are free to anyone who needs them.

    More than 22,800 calls and texts were placed to Pieta's free crisis line so far this year.

    Pieta House's helpline can be reached at 1800 247 247 while you can also text HELP to 51444 to reach a counsellor.

  • Tens of thousands people have taken part in this years Darkness into Light for Pieta House.

    Events were held nationwide from quarter-past-four this morning to help to raise funds and awareness for the prevention of suicide and self-harm.

    The pre-dawn walks got underway at 4.15am at 9 locations across Co Mayo - in Achill, Ballina, Castlebar, Clare Island, Claremorris, Belmullet, Inisturk, Swinford and Westport.

    Four walks took place in Co Roscommon - in Ballaghadereen, Boyle, Castlerea and Roscommon Town, with four also in Sligo - in Ballymote, Banada, Dromore West and Sligo Town, and walks were held at 18 locations across Co Galway.