Hannah helps launch Darkness Into Light

By Sean Heffernan

IRISH Women’s Rugby International Hannah Tyrrell helped to launch Darkness into Light 2018 in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

The Clondalkin rugby star has spoken in the past about her struggles with an eating disorder, and how rugby, and the support of the players and coaches around her, played a big part in helping her overcome her illness.

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The launch of The Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light

Also joining Hannah to lend their support were celebrity chef Derry Clarke, and Spin 1038 DJ Nicki Hayes.

Darkness into Light was launched in 2009 when 400 people came together in the Phoenix Park to raise awareness about suicide and self-harm.

From that one event the idea really took off, and has spread internationally, with 200,000 people expected to take part on Saturday May 12.

Speaking on the importance of the event, Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins said, “I want to ask everybody to wake up and join us in support of families and friends affected by suicide and self-harm. All of our services are free, but the demand for them is ever-increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to self-harm and into suicidal crisis, and to the doors of Pieta House.”

Tymon Park (St Jude’s GAA), Marlay Park and the Phoenix Park will stage a Darkness Into Light walk

If you wish to register for this years event, you can do so by visiting www.darknessintolight.ie

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