Dark­ness Into Light launch

Bray People - - NEWS -

JOAN FREE­MAN, CEO of sui­cide and self-harm cri­sis cen­tre Pi­eta House, was in Bray last week to launch Bray, Ark­low and En­nis­cor­thy’s Dark­ness into Light events.

Tak­ing place on Satur­day May 10, Dark­ness into Light be­gins in dark­ness at 4.15 a.m. as thou­sands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is break­ing.

‘Wick­low and Wex­ford have shown great sup­port for Dark­ness into Light so I’m de­lighted that Wick­low will have a sec­ond venue in Bray this year,’ said Joan.

Olympic boxer Adam Nolan at­tended the launch, as well as Cathaoir­leach of Bray Town Coun­cil Tracy O’Brien, coun­cil­lors and TDs, Com­mu­nity Guards, the Or­der of Malta, Lions Club mem­ber and Ni­cola O’Leary rep­re­sent­ing spon­sor Elec­tric Ire­land as well as many other sup­port­ers.

Bray’s Dark­ness into Light event sets off from the Na­tional Sea Life Cen­tre, Ark­low’s event will be­gin at the Sea Scout’s cen­tre and En­nis­cor­thy’s event will start at Sham­rock’s GAA Club. On­line reg­is­tra­tion and fur­ther de­tails are avail­able now at dil.pi­eta.ie.

This year, Pi­eta House is link­ing Dark­ness into Light with their Mind Our Men cam­paign which aims to re­duce male sui­cide in Ire­land.

They are ask­ing par­tic­i­pants to bring a male friend or fam­ily mem­ber with them on the walk – it could be a friend, brother, fa­ther or work col­league. Joan, who is a psy­chol­o­gist, founded Pi­eta House in 2006. With nine cen­tres through­out Ire­land, Pi­eta House pro­vides a pro­fes­sional, one-to-one ther­a­peu­tic ser­vice for those who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sui­ci­dal ideation or en­gag­ing in self-harm.

A doc­tor’s re­fer­ral or psy­chi­atric re­port is not re­quired and the ser­vice is com­pletely free of charge. For more in­for­ma­tion on Dark­ness into Light, con­tact Marie Peelo on (01) 6281111

Adam Nolan, Ni­cola O'Leary, Elec­tric Ire­land, County Player Patrick McWal­ter, Cllr Tracy O'Brien, Cathaoir­leach Bray Town Coun­cil, county player Damian Power, Joan Free­man, CEO Pi­eta House, county player Paul Earls.

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