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Pieta and Electric Ireland recently unveiled the ‘Wall of Hope’ – a public work of art created to officially launch Darkness into Light 2019 – the major charity fundraiser that is expected to attract over 250,000 participants this May 11, 2019.

In 2018, Darkness into Light was hosted in over 200 venues across 19 countries and 5 continents. This year, Pieta and Electric Ireland have increased capacity, with additional volunteers and over a quarter of a million people are expected to walk, from darkness into light, on May 11 at 4:15 am. Registration for the walk is now open at www.darknessintolight.ie.

About the Wall of Hope

Located on Dublin’s Camden Row, The Wall of Hope is a larger-than-life mural, created by Subset, a group of artists responsible for some of Ireland’s most provocative street art. The work signifies the Hope that Darkness Into Light spreads across the globe every year. Using #DIL2019 and #ThePowerOfHope, Pieta are encouraging people to share their messages of Hope in the lead up to the walk on Saturday 11 May and beyond.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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About Darkness Into Light

Darkness into Light is organised by Pieta and proudly supported by Electric Ireland since 2013. It is a global movement dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who engage in self-harm. By walking from Darkness Into Light, participants play an important role in removing the stigma around suicide and self-harm as well as raising vital funds to fight suicide.

The unique event is symbolic of the journey from despair to hope. It begins, in darkness, at 4.15am and continues for 5 kilometers through to dawn. Funds raised from Darkness Into Light help keep Pieta’s counselling services free of charge and freely accessible to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm, and to those bereaved by suicide; last year, participants  raised a massive €6 million through the event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pieta has supported over 40,000 people with face to face therapy. Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta has heard painful truths from thousands of people who have come to the organisation at the point of suicidal crisis or actively engaging in self-harm. In 2017, one person a day died by suicide in Ireland and worldwide close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds.

Darkness Into Light is vital for fundraising, for raising awareness and for bringing people together in a spirit of solidarity, comfort and hope. To find your nearest venue and for registration, visit  www.darknessintolight.ie

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The Darkness Into Light walk in aid of Pieta House is one of the most well-known Irish-born charity movements. 

By walking from Darkness Into Light, participants play an important role in removing the stigma around suicide and self-harm as well as raising vital funds to fight suicide.

The event is symbolic of the journey from despair to hope, which many people who suffer with mental health issues feel. It begins in darkness, at 4.15am and continues for 5km through to dawn, as a beautifully poignant sunrise breaks through the darkness to symbolise that there is always hope for those struggling with their mental health. 

Since the first event took place in the Phoenix Park in Dublin in 2009, the walks have become a global symbol of people standing in solidarity for suicide prevention, and the event had humble beginnings, with just 400 people showing up to Phoenix Park a decade ago.

This year, Pieta House expects a whopping global turn out of a quarter of a million people.

The funds raised from Darkness Into Light help keep Pieta’s counselling services free of charge and freely accessible to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm, and to those bereaved by suicide; last year, participants raised a massive €6 million through the event.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Registration is open from today, and to launch the event, Darkness Into Light, supported by Electric Ireland, unveiled a beautiful mural on Dublin's Camden Row. 

Created by the extremely talented Subset, a group of artists responsible for some of Ireland’s most provocative street art, the mural reads the word 'Hope.'

Mirroring the message of the sunrise walk, the mural will act as a reminder to the nation that there is always hope for those who struggle.

Speaking on this movement of hope, Elaine Austin, CEO, Pieta said: 'Darkness Into Light is vital for fundraising, for raising awareness and for bringing people together from rural communities to major cities across the globe in a spirit of solidarity, comfort and compassion in giving all hope.'

'Social connection is the heart beat of Pieta, it’s about removing the feeling of isolation and to spark conversation about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in all our lives.'

Elaine added that 'the new online registration process is a lot quicker and more user-friendly than previous years and we would urge everyone who wants to get involved to register at www.darknessintolight.ie.'

If you want to encourage people to take part, you can use the hashtags #ThePowerofHope and #DIL2019. 

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While many of us were tucked up in bed, over 100,000 people rose from a 3am slumber to participate in this year's Darkness Into Light Walk. 

Each year, the 5km stroll takes place across the globe as the sun rises, all in the name of raising funds to aid support networks for suicide and self harm.

'Darkness Into Light is more than just a walk, it’s a global movement against suicide and self-harm,' said Pieta House's Brian Higgins. 

'As our flagship fundraiser, it keeps our doors open and allows us to help more people every year, always free of charge.'

 

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Ed Sheeran is currently in the middle of his nine-date Irish tour, meaning the Thinking Out Loud singer will be spending most of May in the Emerald Isle.

Despite his hectic tour schedule, the singer is supposedly giving his time to one very special Irish charity.

Rumour has it the Perfect singer is planning on taking part in Darkness Into Light, a walk organised by mental health charity Pieta House.

Darkness into Light raises much-needed funds for Pieta House, and also brings people together to show those suffering from mental health battles that they are not alone.

The fundraising event will take place across four continents on May 12, with over 180 walks organised around the world.

The Castle On The Hill singer will be in the West of Ireland at the time of the event, and reports claim that he’ll be attending the Westport 5km walk.

Darkness Into Light Westport posted about the rumour, “Where will a certain redhead musician, who is playing around Ireland, do the Darkness Into Light walk?'

'Rumour has it that he will be walking here with us in Westport.”

 

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Other reports claim that the singer will be taking part in the Galway walk which takes place along the Salthill Prom.

Regardless of the location, it would be incredibly special for the Galway Girl singer to take part in Darkness Into Light.

You can still sign up for Darkness Into Light, but you better hurry as time is running out – many of the venues are full and some have already been closed.

Click here to register!

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Earlier this month, over 150,000 people woke up and walked from Darkness Into Light with Pieta House, crossing the finish line in over 150 locations around the globe.

The next step on this journey continues, and Electric Ireland and Pieta House have teamed up to create ‘The Essentials of Empathy’, in order to demonstrate the way we treat each other has a direct impact on individuals’ well-being.

The list was developed with the Clinical Directors of Pieta House, ‘The Essentials of Empathy’ and includes five actionable guidelines, with the aim of friends, colleagues, communities and family members treating each other with more compassion, in order to create a healthier, happier Ireland.

We like the sound of that, indeed. 

The Clinical Director of Pieta House, Marguerite Kiely, said: ‘’The Essentials of Empathy are guidelines for people to bring into their daily lives. If everyone takes one thing from this and brings it into their daily life, we’ll be able to live in a happier and healthier Ireland, where people are looking out for each other and show they care.

Darkness Into Light shouldn’t be the end of the journey for those taking part, but rather the beginning for so many who suffer in silence on a daily basis.” 

Paul Stapleton, the General Manager of Electric Ireland, commented: “Electric Ireland was delighted to see so many people participate in Darkness into Light. Our partnership with Pieta House is of huge importance to our staff and customers and we would encourage people to consider ‘The Essentials of Empathy’ as another step to ensure people look out for one another in their daily lives.”

 

Joan Freeman, Pieta House founder, just off air with @3sixty5days at the finish line. #dil2017

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The Essentials of Empathy are as follows: 

1. Slow Down and Check In: In a fast-paced world, we need to slow down, take a breath and check in with ourselves and those around us.  

2. Listen and Connect: Listening is about more than just being present. Put down your phone and connect in real life through daily activities. Go for a walk or have a cup of tea together.  

3. Ask Questions, Even The Hard Ones: Sometimes, asking how someone is really feeling can be a tough question, but it’s the best way to start a conversation.  

4. Empathise and Be Understanding: Passing remarks can have big impacts. By being more understanding, and seeing things from others’ points of view, we can help to make everyone feel more accepted.

5. Be Generous With Your Kindness: Small acts of kindness can make someone’s day – it is a gift that we can all give, and something we should give whenever and wherever we can.

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Electric Ireland and Pieta House are calling on Ireland to consider Darkness Into Light as more than just one day.

‘The Essentials of Empathy’ need to live with us as part of every day and can be seen as a driver for a focus on collective responsibility, to ensure everyone  supports and treats each other in the best possible way.

We need to look after ourselves, and those around us. 

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The Darkness Into Light walks took place across the country, and the globe, this morning. 

In excess of 150,000 people were expected to take part at over 150 venues all over the world. 

Since the first event took place in the Phoenix Park in Dublin in 2009, the walks have become a global symbol of people standing in solidarity for suicide prevention.

The 5km walk begins before first light and ends as the sun rises, in a powerful symbolic demonstration that helps to tackle the stigma associated with suicidal feelings and depression, and aims to deliver the message that there is always hope and help for those who feel suicidal.

'So many families have been touched by suicide,' said Senator Joan Freeman, speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

'It is not just about thousands of people walking, it is about coming together as a country, and all talking about the same topic.'

Irish participants have been sharing the scenes from Pieta House's initiative all morning, which kicked off at around 4am this morning.

Organisers expect to raise a total of €3 million from the event, which will go towards supporting keeping Pieta House's life-saving counselling services free. 

Feature Image: Twitter / Marbrenn 

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