Watch: Hundreds walk and run from Darkness into Light in Cookstown for mental health

The people of Cookstown came out in force for the Darkness into Light charity walk and run on Saturday morning to raise funds and awareness for mental health charities.

Organised by Pieta House, this year’s event in Cookstown was being held in association with The Niamh Louise Foundation, which provides a safe environment for people with suicidal ideation and/or engaging in self-harm.

Cookstown Darkness into Light 2016

Cookstown Darkness into Light 2016

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, Co. Dublin in 2006.

With nine centres throughout Ireland, Pieta House provides a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm.

The organisers of the Cookstown event said they were delighted with the turnout of local people who set off at 4.15am on a 5km route just as dawn was breaking.

Photographs kindly supplied by Caoimhe Shaw.

Cookstown Darkness into Light 2016

Cookstown Darkness into Light 2016