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Pictured: Thousands walk for Darkness Into Light suicide awareness campaign

Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

A hope sign at Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event. Credit: Brian Morrison/PA Wire
A hope sign at Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event. Credit: Brian Morrison/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of people walking through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of people walking through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of people walking through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of people walking through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of two people walking their dogs through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of two people holding their dogs at Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of two people walking through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of people walking through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of people walking through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Brian Morrison of people walking through Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Darkness Into Light event, as thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 11, 2019. Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. See PA story IRISH Walk. Photo credit should read: Brian Morrison/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness.

Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

Thousands of people, including politicians and celebrities, across 202 locations in 19 countries worldwide walked together, starting at about 4am and walking around 5km as the sun rises.

Since Darkness Into Light began, the walk has helped raise almost 20 million euro (£17.28 million).

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A hope sign at the Ormeau Park event (Brian Morrison/PA)

This year is the event’s 10th anniversary.

Twelve of the venues were in Northern Ireland spanning the six counties, up from nine last year, forming a worldwide chain that stretches from Crossmaglen to Christchurch and from Ormeau Park to Ottawa.

Pieta House have twelve centres across Ireland and say they have helped 40,000 people since their doors opened 13 years ago.

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