FROM THE first Darkness into Light Walk in Kilkenny in 2015, more people than ever are relying on the lifesaving services that Pieta provide free of charge,
Those in suicidal distress, those who are self-harming and those who have been bereaved by suicide have turned to Pieta for help.
There is hope and by joining together for Darkness into Light on May 7 people share a collective moment for hope and the belief in a brighter future.
To register go to www.darknessintolight.ie – you can take part your own way or join an organised walk in Inistioge or Kilkenny City.
Over the past two years the world has changed rapidly, anxiety and loneliness in our communities has increased the demand for services provided by Pieta house and other support agencies.
Pieta first opened in Lucan, County Dublin in 2006. Since then, it has seen and helped over 60,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.
DEMAND IS INCREASING
Pieta now employs over 200 therapists and support staff, and the demand for its service is increasing.
In 2020 Pieta delivered over 52,000 hours of intervention and bereavement counselling
It managed over 70,000 crisis support calls and texts through our 24 freephone helpline and directly supported over 600 households devastated by the loss of a loved one by suicide. Everything is free of charge and staff members are fully qualified, providing a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm.
Pieta is 80% funded by the public, and together we share a common goal, where no-one among us should ever feel so alone or afraid that suicide or self-harm becomes the option they choose.
The message is that Pieta and the public can build a brighter future together and give hope to all who have been impacted by suicide.
If you would like to join the Darkness into Light Committee contact [email protected] or 087- 9178910.