A Darkness into Light Journey for Hope Self-Care and Acceptance
This 11th May 2019, ISU MSS19 student Eoin Tuohy took the initiative to lead a group of people to walk from the darkness of night into the light of morning to help in the global fight against suicide and self-harm.
The group consisted of International Space University ISU Master of Space Studies SSP19 students, ISU staff, friends and family and active members of the association “Darkness Into Light”. A global movement that started, as explained by MSS19 student Sarah Halpin, in Ireland and is celebrating this year its 10th anniversary. “The suicide rate skyrocketed during the 2008 economic crisis” explained Sarah. “Men seem to be especially vulnerable” said a member, and followed “the age is lowering every year”.
At 5.30 (in the morning!) sharp, the group wearing bright colors then launched from the cathedral of Strasbourg, into a 5km walk which took them around the city center - braving unkind weather conditions. Despite being drenched, ISU SSP logistics coordinator, Sebastien Bessat is sharing his smile and happy to show his support for those who have been bereaved by suicide.
The few bright little lights of Strasbourg were joined by hundreds of thousands of people in over 200 venues, in 19 countries across five continents.
After completion of this 5km walk symbolically representing the therapeutic counselling journey, Eoin and the group gave themselves a big clap and recognized the effort of the youngest participant, aged 9. Eoin then thanked everyone for having contributed to spreading the word about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in all our lives.
About Darkness Into Light and fundraising - https://www.darknessintolight.ie/
Pictures credit: ISU, Eion Tuohy, Sarah Longmore, Geraldine Moser