Darkness Into Light walk makes a huge difference

Darkness Into Light walk makes a huge difference

On Saturday, May 7, thousands of people will take part in the Kilkenny Darkness Into Light walk/jog, bringing with them, a message of hope.

And from (today) Friday, you can register and get your bright yellow T-shirt from Carrigan's (formerly Xtravision) beside City Hall, High Street. Or you can register online at dil.pieta.ie and collect your T-shirt.

The shop will be open all day Friday and Saturday of this week and again the following Thursday and Friday before the event.

Darkness Into Light chairperson in Kilkenny, Kathryn Hutchinson thanked JJ Carrigan for the use of the premises to assist such a worthwhile charity.

The five kilometre event begins and ends at James Stephens Military Barracks and goes around the city centre.

The beneficiary is Pieta House, which runs a number of suicide and self-harm crisis centres, many of them used by Kilkenny people.

And in a few weeks time a new Pieta House centre will open in Waterford city, less than a half an hour's drive from Kilkenny city.

The importance of the Pieta Houses, is that it provides a professional, face-to-face, free of charge, therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress.

Since 2013, a total of 307 people from the Kilkenny area have been assisted directly on a one-to-one basis by Pieta House with many others receiving different types of assistance.

Last year Pieta delivered almost 50,000 hours of therapy which included Family Support. The number of clients in 2015 was 5,466.

The unique clinically-based model developed by Pieta House is used across all its centres spread around the country and on a number of third level campuses. 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.

As in other years, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event.

Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello to acknowledge one another.

Pieta House provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who feel suicidal or are engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge.

Pieta House’s vision is to have a centre within 100 kilometres of everyone in Ireland and with the opening of a new house shortly in Waterford it will be even easier for Kilkenny people to get in touch. Register on-line @ dil.pieta.ie