Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, with actor Moe Dunford at the launch of Darkness Into Light: “Together we are educating the youngest generation – they will never be like my generation where people hide their feelings under the carpet – we are teaching them at nappy level how to seek help and not to be afraid to talk”

“Mind the Irish no matter where they are,” said founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman in her message to the diaspora ahead of St Patrick’s Day. Ms Freem(...)

Joan Freeman of Pieta House. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Last month, the world was rocked by the death by suicide of Hollywood legend Robin Williams. Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day and his passi(...)

More than 100 people  attended the March for Suicide Prevention from the Garden of Remembrence to Leinster House on Saturday.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

More than 100 people joined a march in Dublin City Centre over the weekend calling for increased funding for mental health services.One of the march o(...)

An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, as well as at venues in London and Sydney, for Pieta House’s annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

This year’s Darkness into Light events, which saw about 80,000 people take part in a 5km walk or run for an organisation for the prevention of suic(...)

An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, as well as venues in London and Sydney this morning for Pieta House’s annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run with Electric Ireland. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

An estimated 80,000 people turned out for a dawn walk this morning to remember those who have died by suicide. The annual Darkness into Light fundrais(...)

Joan Freeman, founder and chief executive of suicide prevention organisation Pieta House House with TV hosts Eoghan Mc Dermott and Sinead Kennedy of RTÉ at the launch Darkness into Light, a 5km walk/run which takes place on Saturday May 10th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Up to 80,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s Darkness into Light event on Saturday, May 10th to raise money for and awareness o(...)

Caoimhe Cummins from Leixlip at the Console Celebration of Light in  Maynooth last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

A helpline for farmers and rural dwellers under stress has seen a big increase in callers since last spring and more than half of those needing help s(...)

Joan Freeman of Pieta House. “We are going to make the invisible visible. We are going to make sure that everyone knows the signs and symptoms of suicide”.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A campaign to reduce the incidence of suicide in rural areas will quell the “invisible despair” that is creeping around the country, according to Piet(...)

People hold candles at the annual Console “service of light” in St Patrick’s Chapel,  Maynooth College, last December, to remember those who have died by suicide. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

You might think from the sudden outbreak of discussion about suicide that the problem had recently become worse. In fact, our suicide problem has –(...)