Thursday 23 November 2017

Eamon Delaney: 'Darkness into Light' event a shining beacon amid the gloom

Community-based events, like this one by Pieta House, help to tackle issues such as suicide, writes Eamon Delaney

This weekend saw the completion of another 'Darkness into Light' procession, an extraordinary national event, organised by Pieta House, the very worthy outreach facility for victims of self-harm and families affected by suicide.

The people's procession, which took place through Friday night and into Saturday morning, is a powerful affair, rightly described as a 'symbolic and beautiful event' and marks the recent upsurge in suicides and the hope of trying to stop it, or reduce it.

The nighttime march involves ordinary people in 14 locations nationally, walking 5km, and finishing their walks as the dawn is rising. Far from being solemn or overly sad, it is a broad family-based affair, with people pushing buggies, walking dogs and even jogging the route -- an affirmative march against the gloom, so to speak.

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