In this special episode of You OK?, and to mark Darkness Into Light, we discuss the significance of the event to those impacted by self-harm and suicide as well as exploring stories of recovery and supports available through Pieta.

Leigh Kenny who is the Regional Clinical Manager at Pieta explains how people experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-harming can engage with Pieta, what their supports look like as well as offering practical advice for friends and family hoping to support a loved one in crisis.

One of Pieta's Ambassadors, Lawson Mpame, shares his experience of being a textbook bottler when it came to sharing his feelings with others and how this led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Lawson sought help for his depression and with the help of a supportive friend group, he is now committed to being open and honest about how he’s feeling, while encouraging others to do the same.

Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, takes place on Saturday 8th May, you can still sign up at darknessintolight.ie.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues at the moment, you can call Pieta’s crisis line at 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444. Pieta’s services can be accessed for free and without referral.