Distress Centre Calgary and Darkness into Light Calgary: Celebrating seven years of collaboration to promote awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
Initiated by the Irish mental health charity, Pieta, the first ever Darkness into Light event was held in 2009. In the years that followed, it became their flagship fundraiser and has transformed into a global movement that raises vital funds for Pieta and similar mental health-related charities all over the world, allowing them to continue their life-saving work in local communities. It also brings a message of hope to all those suffering from suicide ideation: they are not alone and there are services to help them through their darkest hours.
Since 2015, Darkness into Light Calgary has partnered with Distress Centre to highlight the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Darkness into Light Calgary is traditionally a 5km walk/run, beginning at 5 am. The event begins in darkness and participants walk and run as the sun rises, symbolizing that there is hope in the future, despite how dark it may seem at the time.
Suicide prevention services are in demand more than ever with nations from around the globe cautiously emerging from a year of living with COVID, which continues to impact not only people’s physical health, but also their mental health; it has impacted everything from people’s financial stability to their social habits. Close to 800,000 people worldwide die by suicide every year – one person every 40 seconds.
Since 2015, Darkness into Light Calgary has raised over $30,000 for Distress Centre. Distress Centre receives 100% of all funds raised locally. Special thanks goes to the Calgary committee, who work hard every year to bring the event to life. The 2021 socially distanced event takes place on Saturday, May 8, so registrants can complete their 5 km route in a location that is most suitable to them. Register here.
You can also purchase your 50/50 ticket to support Darkness into Light and Distress Centre here. Distress Centre is so grateful for the time, enthusiasm and partnership of Pieta and the Darkness into Light Calgary Committee. THANK YOU!!