Pieta helped 46 Roscommon people in 2020 and provided 1,043 hours of counselling across the county in 2019 and 2020.
With only days to go to this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, people across the country are getting ready to share One Sunrise Together on May 8th.
Pieta and Electric Ireland are continuing to invite people to sign up at www.darknessintolight.ie and to take part in any way they can – walking, running, swimming, biking or simply sharing this special sunrise moment that can unite us all whilst still staying physically apart.
Due to Covid-19 guidelines, there are no organised walks this year, but these activities, carried out within Covid-19 guidelines, will help shine a light on suicide and self-harm, raising vital funds for Pieta’s suicide prevention and bereavement services. With over 22,848 calls and texts placed to Pieta’s free crisis line so far this year, support is vital to ensure this service remains freely available to everyone 24/7.
Four out of ten people who accessed Pieta’s services in 2020 cited loneliness as a trigger for their reaching out, so this year’s Darkness Into Light is about much more than raising funds; it’s about helping people feel connected.
Speaking about this year’s Darkness into Light, Emma Dolan, Pieta Clinical Director, said; “Pieta is aiming to unite over 200,000 participants under one sunrise this year. The absence of organised walks means many of our supporters can’t gather with their loved ones and will miss the solidarity of a group walk. Knowing others across the country are watching the sunrise together will bring comfort, a feeling of belonging to something bigger and being connected to others. It’s more important than ever to help participants feel united this year and sharing a sunrise moment will do that.”
Darkness Into Light creates a safe space for those impacted by suicide to grieve and to feel connected with those who have also lost loved ones in this country and around the world – Darkness Into Light now being a global event.
Mary Black, Pieta Ambassador and musician opened up about her experiences of postnatal depression on the Darkness into Light Late Late Show Special last year. She wants to remind people “there is light at the end of the tunnel”.
Mary and fellow Pieta ambassador, Louise Cooney, have curated special playlists for Pieta’s Darkness into Light walk. You can find and listen to their playlists on May 8th via Pieta’s Spotify, or search ‘Darkness Into Light 2021 – Sunrise Playlist’ on Spotify.
Sign up at darknessintolight.ie and share one sunrise together with the thousands already signed up.