There are only three full days left before the Darkness Into Light walk-jog-run on Saturday morning at 4.15am.
The Pieta House fundraiser will start from James Stephens army barracks on Ballybought Street in Kilkenny city and make its way along the 5km route taking in the river side by the Nore.
You can register on line at www.pieta.ie or call into the Darkness Into light shop on High Street, Kilkenny which will be open on Wednesday (today), Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5.30pm.
It is located adjacent to city hall on high Street, next to Spar.
The importance of Pieta House, which is attended by Kilkenny people on an ongoing basis, is that it provides a professional, face-to-face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress. 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. Pieta House’s vision is that no-one in Ireland should be more than 100 kilometres from a Pieta House centre where they can avail of the clinical services at that time of crisis.
This year hundreds of teenagers are taking part, helping to raise awareness of mental problems and break the taboo surrounding the subject, a taboo created by adults.
“You don’t need a GP’s letter or anything else, we see everyone at Pieta House,” founder Joan Freeman said. “If anyone out there was worried about a loved one, family member or friend call Pieta House and seek help for that person. After all if you fell and broke your leg, you wouldn’t be expected to call for an ambulance yourself,” she said. Be part of a national movement on Saturday and help others in difficulty.