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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Suicide Prevention

This month
May 2023
# Pieta House
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
# darkness into light
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
# Suicide Prevention
Photos: Darkness Into Light raises over €6 million for Pieta as thousands brave poor weather conditions
Heavy wind and rain didn’t dampen the massive fundraising drive.
# Pieta House
Suicide prevention charity Pieta House expects surge in calls and messages over Christmas period
The suicide prevention charity says that average calls to its helpline rose by 45% this year
# ask for help
A late-night centre for people contemplating suicide and self-harm will soon be set up in Limerick city
The Haven Hub should open within the next month in Limerick city.
# Suicide Prevention
15,000 people to take part in largest ever study of youth mental health
The research will help influence youth mental health policy and practice in Ireland.
# Suicide Prevention
Former Console bosses asked to repay grants worth €150,000
The charity, which was liquidated last year, received the money to provide counselling services for Irish emigrants in the UK.
# nothing we didn't know
Kerry has one of Ireland's highest rates of suicide - will the government's 'action plan' help?
The outgoing Kerry coroner is critical of the government’s new plan to reduce suicides in Kerry.
# Suicide awareness
'A special tribute': Tree of Hope puts down roots at Leinster House
Representatives from across the political divide attended the ceremony that saw the tree planted on Leinster Lawn this morning.
# before sunrise
'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.
# 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.
# before sunrise
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.
# darkness into light
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.
# send silence packing
On a busy campus, an empty bag for every young life lost by suicide
A new campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of suicide.
# taxiwatch
'I can see it in them': Success for suicide prevention service run by Irish taxi drivers
Derek Devoy, who set up the service, suffered from depression for four years and wants to do something to help people in trouble.
# Suicide Prevention
New Facebook tools allow you to help someone who might be at risk of suicide
The new features were designed with the help of Samaritans Ireland ahead of World Suicide Day this Saturday.
# console
David Hall says charity regulation was set up in 'a half-assed manner'
The former interim CEO of Console thinks the regulator needs more powers.
# cars and computers
Interim CEO takes possession of Console assets
Meanwhile, Mary Lou McDonald is not happy with James Reilly’s statement about the charity.
# Suicide Prevention
Father of Donal Walsh says he's 'shocked and deflated' by Console revelations
Fionnbar Walsh defended the work being done by the charity’s employees.
# broken trust
Concerns raised about finances at suicide charity Console
A number of irregularities have been uncovered by RTÉ.
# Suicide Prevention
Pieta House founder will donate €65k senator salary to the charity
Joan Freeman was named as one of the Taoiseach’s nominees to the Seanad last week.
# bridges and cliffs
Blocking suicide hotspots can reduce the number of deaths at sites by more than 90%
The new research found that interventions can buy time to allow an individual to reconsider their actions.
# textual healing
Giving men the opportunity to text is a "major development" in the fight against suicide
“It’s about meeting people where they’re at – and men simply prefer to type than talk,” says Paul Kelly of Console.
# Suicide Prevention
'Just by being there for a friend, we can keep life itself'
The government wants to reduce suicide and self-harm by 10% over the next five years.
# fundraiser
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.
# suicide crisis
Teachers are being trained to spot the 'warning signs' of suicide
The model has been compared to learning CPR.
# Dub32
34 intercounty GAA jerseys proudly on display at Dublin airport
Unique exhibition aimed at increasing awareness of suicide prevention and to raise funds for the Pieta House charity
# Suicide Prevention
This TD thinks the HSE is lying about trying to recruit mental health staff
Colm Keaveney said the situation leaves distressed people with “nowhere to go”.
# Depression
86 people died in Irish prisons over the past 10 years
There have been calls for specialised suicide prevention programmes in prisons.
# Suicide Prevention
After 29 deaths by suicide, Samaritan signs are going up at all railway station platforms
It’s hoped the signs will encourage people to seek help from the Samaritans if they need someone to talk to.
# littlethings
Let's get physical - it will get you mentally fit this year too
All over the festive season, is bringing you tried and tested ways to help you keep your mental health in fine fettle.
# littlethings
Why you need a 'mindfulness minute' in your life
All over the festive season, is bringing you tried and tested ways to help you keep your mental health in fine fettle.
# littlethings
Express yourself: How you can find your passion this year
All over the festive season, is bringing you tried and tested ways to help you keep your mental health in fine fettle.
# littlethings
How to reach out to someone who is feeling down: a guide
All over the festive season, is bringing you tried and tested ways to help you keep your mental health in fine fettle.
# littlethings
How your food is affecting your mood
All over the festive season, is bringing you tried and tested ways to keep your mental health in fine fettle.
# Undocumented
Illegal Irish in New York fear 'anybody in a shirt and tie who might rat them out'
More than €72,000 has been provided to fund counselling and suicide prevention services to the Irish community in New York.
# Child Protection is planning to move to Ireland and at least one minister isn't happy
Charlie Flanagan wants the issue discussed by Government.
# controversial site is moving its HQ to Ireland
The controversial website says that they’ve updated their safety policies.
# Suicide Prevention
Is the new Samaritans app an invasion of privacy or will it save lives?
Perhaps both.
# bottling it up
"Mortified, we hope it'll be grand": Enda speaks out on male depression
Men “tend to suffer in silence, or stubbornness”, the Taoiseach said today.