The 2017 Darkness Into Light walk to raise funds for Pieta House will take in Shannon from the grounds of Wolfe Tones GAA Club on Saturday May 6th and at 150 other locations worldwide! Now in its ninth year, Darkness Into Light (DIL) will begin in darkness at 4.15am as people gather to walk or run a 5km route while the dawn is breaking.

Last year more than 130,000 people across the world woke up early to walk or run from the darkness into the light. People can now register for this year’s events at www.darknessintolight.ie. Since it began in 2009, DIL has grown into a global movement against suicide. Funds raised help to keep Pieta House counselling services free to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide.

Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins is urging more and more people to participate in DIL to help achieve the charity’s vision of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma are replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Darkness Into Light has gone from being a single ‘sponsored walk’ to a mass movement of people engaged in suicide prevention.

This year, Darkness Into Light will take place in more than 150 locations worldwide – from Athlone to Ottawa, from Brisbane to Hong Kong and from Quebec to Reykjavik. Pieta House was founded in 2006 and now has services and centres across Ireland. Fully qualified staff provide a professional therapeutic service. Pieta House also operates the free 24-hour suicide helpline 1800 247 247. For more information, visit www.pieta.ie.