A number of landmark buildings across the island of Ireland are to light up orange tonight to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

The illumination is part of Events Against Suicide - a new initiative organised by Cycle Against Suicide.

Trinity College and Croke Park in Dublin, Cork City Hall, Kilkenny Castle and Belfast City Hall are among the landmarks and buildings north and south of the border lighting up to support the campaign.

Thousands of people across the country will also switch on an orange coloured light bulb in their homes at 9pm to show their support for the initiative.

Events will also take place at Dublin's Mansion House and at city and town halls across the country this evening.

Campaign organisers have asked people to share pictures of themselves wearing something orange on social media using the hashtag #LetsGoOrange and #BreakTheCycle to support the initiative.

More information can be found on the group's Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Group says mental health stigma widespread

St Patrick's Mental Health Services has said the stigma related to people experiencing mental health difficulties is ingrained in Irish society.

New research by the service, to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, has found that only 53% of respondents agree that people with a mental health difficulty are trustworthy.

The research was conducted via a dedicated online survey with 507 adults aged 18-70 years. 

67% of people said Irish people view being treated for a mental health difficulty as a sign of personal failure.

Around one in four do not believe that Irish people would be willing to accept someone with a mental health issue as a close friend.

Only 21% believe that Irish employers would be comfortable employing someone with a mental health problem.

The study also found that 29% of respondents would not trust someone with a previous mental health difficulty to babysit.

CEO of St Patrick's Paul Gilligan said more comprehensive action is needed to reduce the stigma related to mental health difficulties.

He said recovery from mental health difficulties is not only possible but should be expected, with the right support and help.