Thursday 14 December 2017

'Mental health challenges do not know borders' - Taoiseach joins Toronto 'Darkness into Light' walk

Enda Kenny addresses a luncheon in Montreal Photo: (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Enda Kenny addresses a luncheon in Montreal Photo: (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Picture: Enda Kenny Twitter
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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.

Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Maria Walsh, Nicole Ryan and Maria O'Dea pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Deirdre Lawless and Fiona O'Connell pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Marlay Park with Pieta House and Electric Ireland. Picture: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Linda Byrne and Laura Maszzucato pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Marlay Park with Pieta House and Electric Ireland. Picture ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Mark Bolger, Vicky Weldon, Carla Bolger pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Marley Park with Pieta House and Electric Ireland. Picture: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
The Dalton family pictured after the race at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Marlay Park. Picture: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson1
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture:©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture:©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Darkness Into Light with Pieta House and Electric Ireland, Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer
Picture from the Waterford Darkness into Light walk @WaterfordDIL

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:

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