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Sunday 24 September 2023 Dublin: 19°C

# darkness into light

This year
Darkness into Light raises almost €4 million for Pieta House this year
The figure is expected to increase over the coming weeks from corporate donations and other fundraising continues.
Tens of thousands take part in Darkness Into Light events across the country
Phoenix Park in Dublin hosted one of the day’s biggest events.
Last year
Photos: Thousands of people across the country take part in Darkness Into Light
The event took place in-person for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
All time
FactCheck: No, Darkness into Light is not cancelled, despite claims by anti-lockdown activists
The annual fundraiser by Pieta House is going ahead this weekend, despite anti-lockdown activists announcing an alternative event for that date.
'The sun does rise and there's always a way through things, using the people around you'
Irish hockey international Grace O’Flanagan delves deeper into her story and mental health journey.
Photos: People around Ireland share photos of their sunrise to raise money for Pieta House
Last night, the Late Late Show helped to raise over €2 million for Pieta House.
Pieta offers redundancies and all staff salaries have been cut by up to 30%
The postponement of this year’s Darkness Into Light event was a particular financial blow for the charity.
Darkness into Light fundraising event cancelled over coronavirus fears
Over 200,000 people were expected to attend events across the country in May.
Thousands of people across the country walked from Darkness into Light this morning
This year over 168 venues throughout the country took part in the 5k walk/run.
'I'm not the only one going through this difficult time': Darkness Into Light launches Wall of Hope in Dublin
The public will be able to leave messages of hope on the mural site in Camden Row.
In photos: Stunning summer morning as 200,000 walk from Darkness into Light
The event began with just 400 people walking in Phoenix Park in 2008.
'I look at my kids and I think there is so much I would have missed had I gone through with it'
After surviving a suicide attempt at 13, Christy spent his career helping people in crisis.
'He told us his head was melted. The help didn't come quick enough'
Aiveen Cully-Dunne shares the pain of losing a sibling to suicide, ahead of #DIL2018.
'I never thought I'd end up at a funeral at 18 watching everyone in my school break down'
Rachel O’Neill shares the story behind why she’s doing #DIL2018.
'It wasn't about anything that happened in my life, it was about the black hole'
Darkness Into Light volunteer and suicide survivor Rebecca McInerney shares her journey to recovery.
'I'm getting better about ignoring the black dog, I've locked him outside and I haven't fed him in years'
Stephen Considine shares how he went from attempted suicide to creating art to help others.
'It can save lives. I know it saved mine': Amateur painters create a very personal Darkness Into Light
Participants on RTÉ’s Painting the Nation are running a charity art exhibition, with all proceeds going to Pieta House.
Suicide rates are falling - but how can we get them to zero?
We need to improve the services that look after children with mental health difficulties, a leading Irish expert in mental health care says.
'I'm surprised that the leader of our country had the neck to walk in Darkness Into Light'
Senator Joan Freeman originally praised the Taoiseach for his involvement, but took a different view today in the Seanad.
'Thanks for saving her': 4 people tell us why they walked from Darkness Into Light
One week on, we find out what inspired people to get up before dawn for Pieta House.
'A movement like no other': It was a record-breaking year for Darkness Into Light
Well over 150,000 people took part in events this year, according to charity Pieta House.
In photos: Over 150,000 people at 150 locations take part in Darkness into Light
The symbolic walk into the light is aimed at encouraging people to talk about suicide and mental health issues.
Right now, around 150,000 people are about to walk from Darkness Into Light
In over 100 towns and cities in Ireland, people will be walking as the sun rises this morning.
This Humans of Dublin post tells the bittersweet story of how Darkness Into Light began
Pieta House’s annual walk for suicide prevention takes place this weekend.
'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide'
Senator Joan Freeman talks to us about mental health services and being ‘a pain in the government’s neck’.
'I phoned my mother at 4.30am. I couldn't say a word. She brought me to hospital'
Treating depression isn’t as simple as putting on a brave face, writes our final Darkness Into Light contributor.
'I was going to end my life or I was going to get better. That was the choice I had'
Gary Seery turned to exercise to help him cope with anxiety and depression
'The hallucinations were 100% real to me. But people were telling me there was nothing there'
At times it felt like there was no hope of recovery at all, writes Brian Scallan
'In my head, I didn't deserve to be helped. I was broken and couldn't be fixed'
Ireland rugby international Hannah Tyrrell on the eating disorder that overshadowed her teenage years
'Paul wanted to talk. But there was nobody to talk to'
Patricia Turner lost her son to suicide in 2009.
'I'd lie if I said it wasn't frustrating': Leinster prop to consider future plans in coming weeks
Mike Ross, who made his 150th appearance for the province last weekend, is out of contract at the end of the season.
This man ran right through Christmas night to raise money for Pieta House
And he’s still going….
Choirs across Ireland came out to show wonderful support for Darkness Into Light
And oh how they sang.
Choirs across Ireland came out to show wonderful support for Darkness Into Light
And oh how they sang.
Darkness Into Light: 120,000 people take part in annual suicide prevention event
All over the country (and overseas too) people got up ridiculously early to run for Pieta House.
'Sport is a form of medicine for me and provides a release from everything else in life'
With the Rio Olympics just four months away, The42 meets one of Ireland’s leading medal hopes, Mark English.
Supporting my mam through depression: 'We never give up trying to make her feel loved'
An anonymous contributor writes about the complexities of helping a person who suffers from mental illness.
'Imagine being suicidal and waiting hours and hours for help'
The founder of Pieta House has said the current mental health support system is not working.
In pictures: runners on their marks for Darkness Into Light event this morning
Were you one of the early risers?
100,000 people will get up ridiculously early to walk and run for a great cause tomorrow
The Darkness Into Light event takes place in 80 venues around Ireland and the world on Saturday morning.