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PIETA HOUSE | SUICIDE PREVENTION
Al Compton | Humanitarian Film & Photography
In 2006, Pieta House opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin and since that day they have seen and helped over 30,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm, and established twelve subsequent centers across Ireland.
Al Compton | Humanitarian Film & Photography
Pieta House's flagship fundraiser, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, continues to go from strength to strength. Hundreds of thousands of people have woken in the small hours of the morning and taken part in Darkness Into Light to date, and each year it touches the lives of many more in venues across the world.
Al Compton | Humanitarian Film & Photography
I traveled around Ireland with my producer Louise Harding filming, photographing and talking to people in rural and urban areas. Everyone we spoke to had a story about suicide, a family member, a friend, a partner, it was tragic that the issue is so prevalent and so many people's lives have impacted by suicide, suicidal ideation and self-harm. But the support Pieta House receives from across the country is an amazing thing to witness, I've never come across an NGO that has seemingly been adopted by an entire nation. We came back in May to photograph Darkness Into Light and witnessed over 15,000 people gather in Pheonix park at 4am to walk until the sun came up and collectively show their support for suicide prevention in Ireland.
Al Compton | Humanitarian Film & Photography
Al Compton | Humanitarian Film & Photography

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