This was my fourth year doing the Darkness Into Light Walk for Pieta House. The event gets bigger and better ever year!
The Darkness Into Light walk was held in Blarney for the first time this year. It was an intimate and friendly walk, with a spectacular finish in the environs of Blarney Castle (where my husband and I also took our wedding photos last October). As we walked along the Castle grounds in Blarney, a snake of yellow people were ahead of us and behind us as far as the eye could see. The message behind the walk is strong and powerful.
There is always light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark things may seem.
Pieta House are a charity organisation that help people and their families cope with depression, suicide and self harm. Their services are free and the organisation was founded by Joan Freeman. Joan spoke in my workplace a couple of years ago and she is an inspirational woman.
Would you give up a few hours of their sleep to do the walk if it could save a family months of lost sleep? If the walk could save your brother, Mother, father, sister, daughter, aunt, son or uncle, would you do it?
The symbolism of the walk is beautiful. It’s a magical and emotional experience. Walking into the dawn is a treasured event and the reason behind it resonates through everyone who partakes. If you missed the walk this year and would like to donate to the charity click here. I’ve never lost someone to suicide, I’m lucky. Suicide and depression affect EVERYONE in some way.
Darkness into Light sheds a light on mental health. It’s OK to ask for help, it’s OK to not be OK, it’s OK to share your feelings. Watch out for others, you never know the effects you have on them.
Contact Pieta House at any hour of the day by phoning Freecall 1800 247 247 or simply texting HELP to 51444. To find out more about Pieta House click here.