Darkness Into Light Canada

Darkness Into Light to raise mental health awareness across Canada

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A series of 5km walks will take place in cities across Canada to raise funds and support mental health and suicide prevention.

Darkness Into Light began in Dublin, Ireland in 2008, and the annual event has since expanded to become an international fundraiser that attracted 110,000 participants last year.

This year, the events will take place early on Saturday, May 7 in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.

The walks begin between 4am and 5am depending on the location and are timed to end at dawn – symbolising the journey from darkness into light.

The events will raise funds for Pieta House, Ireland’s centre for the prevention of suicide and self-harm. Money raised in Canada will be split 50-50 between Pieta House and local mental health charities.

Though the event has attracted the most interest from the Irish community, organisers say all nationalities are welcome to participate in the event.

This year will be the second time the event has taken place in Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary. Ottawa has been added to the list for 2016.

“Last year’s event was a great success for a first attempt in Vancouver. We had over 300 participants and we are hoping to expand on that figure this year,” social media coordinator for Darkness Into Light Vancouver, Órlagh Geoghegan, told Moving2Canada.

“It was set up in Vancouver in recognition of the importance of removing the stigma attached to mental health and suicide. We also recognize that expats can be particularly vulnerable when trying to settle in a new country,” Ms Geoghegan added.

Those interested in participating can register for their chosen city through the event links below.

Registration is now open, and the pricing is as follows:

  • Early bird pricing of $28 ends on March 28.
  • Adult: $35
  • OAP / Student / Jobseeker: $20
  • Family (two adults, and children): $95
  • Groups of five or more: $28 per person
  • Under 14s: Free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Proceeds from the events will go to Pieta House and local suicide prevention charities.

Event details for Darkness Into Light

Darkness Into Light Toronto (event link)

Darkness Into Light Vancouver (event link)

Darkness Into Light Calgary (event link)

Darkness Into Light Ottawa (event link)

If your emotional or mental health is unwell at present, there are people who can help all across Canada. Click here for a list of helplines you can call.

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