‘Darkness Into Light’ Postponement Severely Affects Funding For Pieta House

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THIS year’s Darkness Into Light event has been postponed leaving a huge gap in Pieta House’s funds for this year.

The international event provides much-needed funds for Pieta every year but has been postponed because of the Covid-19 crisis.  Originally scheduled for May 9, the event will now take place in the autum leaving Pieta with a significant shortfall in funds.

As a result, the charity is appealing for the public’s help so it can continue to provide its life-saving services.

“It’s left a massive hole in our funding for this year, especially around now when there is raised anxiety in our community,” explains Pieta’s Funding and Advocacy Manager, Tom McEvoy.

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“The support is required even more than before with the type of work we do with people in crisis. We want to keep our therapists focused on the work that we do during this time. We’re probably talking about September time for Darkness Into Light to happen and hopefully people will continue to support us at that. But just during this time, if people could go to our website and help us and donate whatever they can afford to keep this critical work going at this time.”

If you would like to help, you can make a donation on the Pieta website. Alternatively, you can call 01 541 4746 and make a donation over the phone.

The Pieta organisation provide free access to therapists for anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or engaging in self-harm. Pieta also offers a suicide bereavement liaison and therapy service.

You can find your local centre at Pieta.ie or you can call 1800 247 247 – this number is staffed night and day.

“We’re trying to reach out to the community to say we’re still open, that the service still exists for everyone in the community,” says Tom. “We’re really trying to implore people to continue supporting us as well so that we can keep rolling out our one-to-one counselling, albeit that it will be phone therapy at this stage for the local centres  or via our 1800 247 247 number.”

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