'Mental health challenges do not know borders' - Taoiseach joins Toronto 'Darkness into Light' walk
Taoiseach Enda Kenny took part in a Darkness into Light walk this morning in Canada.
The embattled Fine Gael leader posted a video on Twitter at 5.30am (local time) ahead of the walk, urging others to get involved.
He said he was alongside Lake Ontario in Toronto "in the rain".
"I am joined here by a thousand people who are walking from darkness into light for Pieta House."
He called on people "Irish or not" from around the world to support what Pieta House are doing.
"Mental health challenges do not know any borders, they don't know any boundaries and they affect every family sooner or later."
He said he was privileged and proud to walk with all those in Toronto.
Mr Kenny is in Canada where he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this week.
Over 150,000 people have taken part in the annual 'Darkness into Light' walks and runs across the world this morning.
The symbolic 5km walk promotes suicide prevention and looks to tackle the stigma that leads people to the doors of Pieta House centres.
This year's 5km Darkness Into Light started at 4.14am.
The first international walk kicked off in Christchurch, New Zealand at 7.15pm GMT on Thursday and the last walk will be in Vancouver, Canada at 1pm GMT on Saturday.
The "unprecedented level of support this year" caused the organisation to run out of yellow t-shirts.
The events took place at 150 locations around the country. The largest gathering was in the Phoenix Park where 12,000 people gathered from early morning.
People were tweeting from event across the country from early morning:
THE SEA OF YELLOW IS COMING TONIGHT— DIL Waterford (@WaterfordDIL) May 5, 2017
Please note we can not guarantee a T shirt tonight collection in the RSC today between 12 and 2 thanks pic.twitter.com/nHQQTBW2hn