Thousands of people around the world have taken part in Darkness Into Light events from early this morning.
The event, now in its 10th year, was set up by Pieta House with the aim of raising suicide awareness as well as vital funds for the counselling services for people bereaved by suicide or with suicidal thoughts.
Here in Ireland, thousands walked or ran in solidarity...
A beautiful dawn over the Phoenix Park
Me and my mum walking today for me - who found the light in the dark - and for my brother - who 16 years ago next month - did not.#DIL2018#DarknessIntoLight pic.twitter.com/SrAjiJK614
— Ireland / Sarah (@ireland) May 12, 2018
— DIL Phoenix Park (@DILDublin) May 11, 2018
Walked #DIL2018 with my sis @roemcdermott in beautiful Bray this morning. First time together. I think public awareness, empathy & ability to mobilise in support of each other has never been higher. The government has to play it's part now, been negligent for too long. Onwards x pic.twitter.com/udZOIARYvd
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) May 12, 2018
What a wonderful morning to wake up and walk for Darkness into Light Hannahstown @PietaHouse. There was a fantastic response from the West Belfast community, we are proud to be part of this special event. Photos courtesy of @AMMGMedia #DIL2018 pic.twitter.com/3d52GS7KSi
— Lámh Dhearg CLG (@lamhdheargclg) May 12, 2018
— Donnybrook, Dublin 4. ???????????? (@DonnybrookD4) May 12, 2018
????A beautiful clear night-morning in Boyle for #darknessintolight2018 & so much wonderful support! Well done everyone wherever you’re participating! ???? #makeadifference #runners pic.twitter.com/3mROD7p7tF
— Sharon Tighe (@SharonTighe) May 12, 2018
Sadness in the Dark.
Strangers lit our Way.
Smiles from the Sidelines.
We Woke up and Walked.
For those we loved and Lost.
For those who can no longer Walk.
We turned and faced the Sun.
And Darkest Dusk turned to Dawn. #DIL2018 #dil2018 . @PietaHouse @bray_ie @dil_bray pic.twitter.com/P0Dj1EOG5O
— ????????Ottalie Dwyer???????? (@Ottaliedwyer) May 12, 2018
— Catherine Fulvio (@Cfulvio) May 12, 2018
— Lauren Guilfoyle (@LaurenGuilfoyle) May 12, 2018
The event wasn't just limited to here though with thousands more marching around the world...
— Louise Galvin (@lougalvin4) May 12, 2018
— Eoin Keane (@EoinKeane101) May 12, 2018
An early start in Warsaw to walk together from #DarknessIntoLight. Well done to all involved in making Poland’s first DIL such a success - raising money and awareness for a very important cause @PietaHouse #DIL2018 #hope pic.twitter.com/eBZGctW9Rr
— Irish Embassy Warsaw (@IrlEmbWarsaw) May 12, 2018
A grand soft Irish morning at the beautiful Han river for @DILSeoul #darknessintolight2018. Great work by the DIL committee and a strong turnout despite the weather. Well done all. @IrishinKorea @SeoulGaelsGAA pic.twitter.com/KIzJyeYqN2
— Irish Embassy Korea (@IrishEmbKorea) May 12, 2018
A superb effort by all involved. If you feel you need to talk contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247 or Samaritans on 116 123.