Distress Centre Calgary and Darkness into Light Calgary: Celebrating eight 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.
Suicide prevention services are in demand more than ever with nations from around the globe cautiously emerging from 2 years of living with COVID, which continues to impact not only people’s physical health but also their mental health, financial stability, and social habits. More than 700,000 people worldwide die by suicide every year – one person every 40 seconds.
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 before sunrise. 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. You can also choose to do it your own way, in your own place. Every walk, run, hike, or swim has the power to be a light against the dark.
Distress Centre receives 100% of all funds raised locally and has received over $36,000 from the Darkness Into Light Calgary event since 2015. Special thanks goes to the Calgary committee, who work hard every year to bring the event to life.
If you cannot participate but would like to support the event, you can spread the word and donate through Sharon’s, one of our Calgary organizers, fundraising page.
“Darkness into Light Calgary is proud to partner with Distress Centre Calgary for this event. With the pandemic, local mental health support organizations are more important than ever. This event allows us to not only fundraise for a valued Calgary mental health-focused organization, but it also provides an important reminder to all that it is okay to not be okay, and that no-one is alone – help is always available.” – Darkness Into Light Calgary Committee
Distress Centre is so grateful for the time, enthusiasm and partnership of Pieta and the Darkness into Light Calgary Committee!