Darkness Into Light 2024 Shines Brighter Than Ever

As May 11th approaches, so does one of the most powerful displays of unity and resilience: Darkness Into Light 2024. Supported proudly by Electric Ireland, this year’s event promises to be nothing short of extraordinary, marking a pivotal moment in the ongoing fight against suicide and self-harm.

What makes Darkness Into Light 2024 truly remarkable is its ability to transcend mere charity walks and fundraisers. It’s a beacon of hope, illuminating the darkest corners of despair with the collective warmth of compassion and solidarity. From its humble beginnings in 2009 with 400 participants in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, it has evolved into a global movement, touching the lives of over 150,000 people annually.

But Darkness Into Light is more than just a fundraising event; it’s a catalyst for change. By fostering open conversations about mental health and suicide prevention, it empowers individuals to seek help and support when they need it most. It’s a reminder that no one is alone in their struggles and that together, we can overcome even the darkest of nights.

As we prepare to embark on this year’s journey, let us remember the significance of Darkness Into Light. Let us honor the memories of those we have lost and stand in solidarity with those who continue to fight. Let us be beacons of hope, casting light into the shadows of despair and reminding the world that, even in the darkest of times, there is always a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

https://www.darknessintolight.ie

Fewer than 20% of requests for information granted under early warning domestic abuse scheme

The Irish News’ John Breslin reported that less than 20% of requests for information were granted under a domestic abuse scheme meant to serve as an early warning system for potential risks.

This percentage is lower than many forces in England and Wales, indicating a disparity. The scheme, introduced in Northern Ireland following Clare’s Law, disclosed information 300 times out of 1600 total applications over six years.

However, when requests come from partners or third parties not affiliated with the police, the disclosure rate drops to just 11%. Despite facing challenges such as low awareness and procedural issues, there’s optimism due to legislative changes, including lowering the disclosure threshold.

The scheme, named after Clare Wood, aims to prevent future violence within relationships, allowing partners or close associates to request information if they believe there’s a danger. While there are difficulties, such as lack of awareness and issues with information sharing, there’s potential for positive change with adjustments in line with recent legislative changes.


It is these adjustments I personally look forward to welcoming in order to ensure the safeguarding of all those affected.

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