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Saturday 19 October 2019

Ballymote ready to walk from the Darkness into Light

As May 11th comes closer, Darkness Into Light committees around the county are getting ready for this year's event.

The launch of the Ballymote Darkness Into Light walk took place on Monday, March 25th.

It was a thoughtful and reflective evening spent with local area representatives, Pieta staff and community members who have come together to organise this year's walk, with the venue changed to Corran College.

There will be a slight change in the route due to the relocation of the walk. All such details can be checked out on the Facebook page, 'Ballymote Darkness into Light' with funds raised going to Pieta House.

Anne Lynch, a Suicide Bereavement Liason officer, spoke at the launch. She is now working in the Northside Centre helping families and people who need it.

This is concrete evidence that funds gathered are helping those most in need.

According to statistics from the National Suicide Research Foundation, an average of 500 people die by suicide in Ireland every year. The figures are especially worrying in certain age groups.

The suicide rate among teenage girls is higher in Ireland than it is in any other E.U. state. And suicide among young Irish males is more than twice the national average, and the second highest rate in Europe (Lithuania has the highest incidence of male suicides).

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