Monday 5 December 2016

Real shame of suicide is how little is being done to prevent it

Published 05/05/2016 | 02:30

A participant lighting candles at a Darkness into Light event last year
A participant lighting candles at a Darkness into Light event last year

As we approach another Darkness into Light walk in aid of the Pieta House charity this weekend, somewhere in the region of 500 families will have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one by suicide since last year's walk.

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Those who take part in the walk do so for various reasons. Some take part in memory of a loved one, be it family, friend or a work colleague. Some will walk to support families who are experiencing the raw grief that surrounds suicide.

The money raised by the walk will go towards helping people who have suicidal thoughts and also those who are self-harming but the enormous crowds that turn out at 4.15am on Saturday are also sending out a message that suicide is a massive problem in Ireland.

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