Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog!!
I thought I would do a short blog post about Darkness into Light as it is coming up next week and I’m taking part in order to raise funds to help prevent suicide and self harm.
Some of you may not know what this is or have ever heard of Darkness into Light before so I will start by giving you a short intro.
What is Darkness into Light???
On May 11th hundreds and thousands of people around the world in over 16 countries participate and come together to walk from the darkness of the night into the light of the morning to help the global fight against suicide and self harm.
The 5km walk represents the therapeutic counselling journey. This shows the importance of mental health and well being in all our lives as individuals.
PIPS provide support to locals who are considering or may have at some point considered ending their own life. They also provide support to local families & friends who may have been touched by suicide.
What is Pieta House???
Pieta House provides one to one counselling to people suffering from suicide ideation and engaging in self game or those who bereaved by suicide.
Last year in 2018, Pieta House helped almost 7,500 people.
I feel extremely excited to participate in the walk which I will doing next Saturday from Bondi Beach at 5am, hopefully I see some familiar faces!
Ormeau Park Belfast is the venue for Belfast so if you are interested in participating please do so by registering via Darkness into Light’s website: https://www.darknessintolight.ie/our-charity-partners#Lump11561
Participating in the walk and knowing I am making a real and measurable difference especially for my own country whilst doing this event on the other side of the world, is actually quite emotional as the suicide figures back home are so high. It was frightening how often there was a suicide announced on social media back home so just imagine the ones that also happen but don’t get shared on social media.
Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide
Suicide is a major health issue which devastates families and communicates. Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behaviour can be triggered by a single event or a series of events over time.
Suicide and self harm can be linked to many life problems which leads to feelings of hopelessness & despair such as:
- Trauma of abuse
- Money / debt problems
- Drug/ alcohol misuse
- Social isolation
- Pool social conditions/ homelessness
- Family/ relationship problems
- Previous suicide attempt
- Family/ friend history of suicide
I read online, people within Northern Ireland experience 20- 25% higher levels of mental health illness when compared to the rest of the UK.
There are significantly a lot higher levels of depression, antidepressant prescription rates and higher incidences of self harm within Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland also has the highest rate of suicide within the whole of the UK.
Figures have proven that women are more likely to self harm & attempt suicide, whilst men are three times more likely to die by suicide.
I hope everyone reading this can kindly help out by registering to do the walk in an area close to you as this will go along way in helping out your local community.
Also for anyone who would like to show their support towards me participating you can make a donation through my PayPal link which will be sent to Pieta House Ireland and this will allow them to continue to deliver their vital services. £2, or even 50p can go an awful long way so please help out as much as you possibly can.
My fundraising link is below:
If you follow me on my Instagram emmajanecraig_x , check out for updates where I will show you all photos of the walk and the journey.
Thanks so much for reading and thanks in advance for anyone who helps out by either participating around the world in the walk or helps me fundraise.
Lots of love,