Pieta House

Thousands expected at suicide prevention walks

Darkness Into Light walks will take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Darwin on May 11.

Darkness Into Light walks will take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Darwin on May 11.

Up to 3000 people are expected to walk together into the dawn for the annual Darkness Into Light event in aid of suicide prevention and mental health awareness in Bondi on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Walkers will gather at Bondi Life Saving Club at 4.30am, setting off towards Tamarama where they will head towards the cliffs as the sun begins the rise, before making their way back to the end point at Bondi Pavilion for coffee, a sausage sizzle, chat and entertainment.

The annual 5km walk initially started in Ireland in 2009 by suicide prevention charity Pieta House and has now gone global with 200,000 participants expected to walk together from Darkness Into Light in 180 cities in 11 countries around the world on May 11.

Proceeds from the Australian events, which will also take place in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Darwin, will go to Pieta House as well as Australian organisation Batyr, that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health.

It's Batyr's fourth year to be involved with Darkness Into Light and has so far has enabled the organisation to run 24 batyr@school programs throughout the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

With national support by Darkness Into Light, Batyr can continue to offer a range of programs for young people across Australia that "give a voice to the elephant in the room".

For registration to the walk, please click here.