Dawn start for Naas mental health run

The start of last year's Darkness Into Light run which took place from Naas Racecourse. Photo: Michael Donnelly
The organisers of a group which fights suicide will launch a major event at Punchestown in Naas on 9 April.

The organisers of a group which fights suicide will launch a major event at Punchestown in Naas on 9 April.

Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of suicide crisis centre Pieta House, will launch the 2013 Darkness into Light event supported by Electric Ireland.

Taking place on Saturday 11 May, this year’s Kildare event will get underway at Naas Racecourse and organisers are hoping for a turnout of several thousand people.

Darkness into Light will begins at 4.00am. Thousands of people are expected to gather in darkness at locations across Ireland and walk or run the 5km route as dawn is breaking.

This is the second year that Darkness into Light will be taking place in Kildare.

Following a record turnout of 15,000 people last year in 14 counties, this year’s Darkness into Light walk takes place at 20 locations nationwide, a spokesperson for Pieta House said.

Darkness into Light Kildare will be launched at 6pm on Tuesday, 9 April in Naas Town Hall – and all are welcome to attend.

Pieta House recently launched a major new nationwide campaign to reduce the rate of male suicide in Ireland. They are asking the public to pledge their support at www.mindourmen.ie

Registration for Darkness into Light Kildare is available online now at dil.pieta.ie

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded by psychologist Joan Freeman.

It first opened its doors in Lucan, Co. Dublin in January 2006, and there are now four Pieta House centres throughout Dublin and one in Limerick.

Four new centres will open in 2013 in Tuam, Roscrea, Cork and Castleisland.

Pieta House provides a professional, face-to-face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress.

The unique clinically-based model developed by Pieta House is used across its five centres.

Pieta House’s primary aim is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea.

To date, more than 8,000 people have been helped by Pieta House. For more information, log on to www.pieta.ie

- Henry Bauress