Darkness into Light
Who are Pieta House?
In 2006, Pieta House opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin and since that day we have seen and helped over 30,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm, and established twelve subsequent centres across Ireland.
From humble beginnings, Pieta House has grown to almost 270 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for our service hasn’t let up. In 2016 alone, almost 6,000 people came through our doors suffering from suicidal ideation and/or engaging in self-harm, or to avail of suicide bereavement counselling.
As it has been from day one, everything is free of charge and our staff are fully qualified and provide 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. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required.
We’re passionate about our life-saving work. As 90% of our income comes from fundraising events, we rely heavily on the support and encouragement of our volunteers and friends of Pieta.
Our flagship fundraiser, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, an event that is almost entirely organised by our amazing volunteers continues to go from strength to strength. This unique event takes place just as we’re coming into summer and our spirits are being lifted. Hundreds of thousands of people have woken in the small hours of the morning and taken part in Darkness Into Light to date, and each year it touches the lives of many more in venues across the world.
Darkness Into Light is very much about hope and hope is something we endeavour to give each person who comes to us in their time of need. We help them feel more hopeful about the future as we continue to tackle the grave issue of suicide and self-harm in Ireland.
Pieta House also operates the Suicide Bereavement Counselling centres that had previously been operated by Console. We provide free counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families and children who have been bereaved by suicide. We also offer a Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service and the Freecall 24/7 suicide helpline 1800 247 247. For more information, click here.
Positive Mental Health aims to:
- Promote mental health and well-being for all.
- Prevent mental health problems through increasing awareness, social support, reducing risk factors such as racism, bullying and isolation.
- Improving quality of life for students/people with mental health problems by promoting recovery through awareness and education.
What have we done?
Many months ago preparations for Glanmire’s inaugural Darkness Into Light 2018 began and on Sat May 12th all the hard work paid off as GCC hosted over 2000 participants who walked in solidarity and hope from the darkness and into the light. The importance of this event cannot be underestimated both in terms of forging links between our school community and the wider community, and in terms of the much needed funds that DIL raises in order to keep the doors and services of Pieta House open for those who need it. GCC and Glanmire Chamber of Commerce are very proud of the work achieved and wish to thank all members of the staff committee and the staff in general for their constant support during this endeavour. We also wish to thank the many local businesses who sponsored different areas in order to ensure this event ran smoothly. This is just one step towards changing the culture around mental health issues and the stigma associated with this. GCC will continue to push forward in the coming years to ensure further work is done to look after our school community, both students and staff. Until next year !!! Thank You
The three goals were:
- To hold an emotional wellbeing week in GCC
- Establish an Amber Flag Noticeboard
- Promotion of emotional wellbeing for both the student and staff community