Darkness Into Light 2017: Loughrea

Happy Sunday!

So, not a usual post, but I felt the need to discuss my latest experience with the Darkness Into Light Walk. As you can see, this is me in one of the t-shirts. (I’m not used to posting pictures of myself, oh well, enjoy my face.) I wanted to show that I was involved, that I walked 5km for Darkness Into Light. I didn’t even take photographs whilst on the walk, even though my camera was actually in my bag. For whatever reason, I wanted to enjoy it and be in the moment, and not feel the need to photograph everything I see. As I said to my Mother whilst we walked among the sea of people, ‘Sometimes I prefer to look through my eyes rather than through a lens’. Deep, I know.

Anyway, waking up at 3:15 exactly, was tough, I won’t lie. As I’m sure it was for everyone all over the country, but when it comes to Charity, you do it, no matter what. Being involved in it for the first time ever, was amazing. It was the first time Loughrea took part in it, which was fantastic and about bloody time, actually. Suicide is a very important topic, that should never be brushed under the rug or dismissed. For everyone has experienced Suicide, whether it be a family member, a loved one, or friend, it has impacted all of our lives. So, to walk amongst people who are just as passionate about talking about such things, was an honor. Yes, the topic itself is difficult to converse for some people, but dismissing it entirely is wrong. It was a delightful morning for me, as all of Loughrea came together to highlight the importance of Darkness Into Light. It’s pivotal to talk about Mental Health, and not ignore it. Don’t hide from it, it is real, it affects so many.

All in all, I am so glad I took part. It was the talk of the town, everyone participated. I shall look forward to the next one.

If you or a loved one are struggling, please refer to the link below. Always ask for help, you are not alone.

yourmentalhealth.ie

-Alice, xo

alicephotography24@hotmail.com

‘We need to change the culture of this topic and make it okay to speak about Mental Health and Suicide.’

-Unknown.

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