Popular Canadian landmarks are lighting up yellow to mark Mental Health Week throughout the country.
The Calgary light show has been requested by Darkness into Light Calgary; organizers of a pre-dawn symbolic charity walk taking place on Saturday with participants walking from the darkness into the morning light in the name of suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
“On May 11, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will get together to walk from the darkness of night into the light of morning to help us in the global fight against suicide and self-harm,” the event’s Facebook page reads.
“Symbolically the walk represents the therapeutic counselling journey. It sparks conversation about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in all our lives.”
The Calgary Tower is expected to glow yellow on Saturday in support of Mental Health Week.
Darkness Into Light originated in Ireland 10 years ago as a fundraising initiative for a charity called Pieta House, which provides life-saving support to people in suicidal distress — as well as suicide bereavement counselling. The walk has become so popular that over 200,000 people walked from darkness into light in 28 countries across the world last year.
Darkness Into Light Calgary started five years ago and organizers always make sure to send half the money raised to a local charity. A total of 277 Calgarians participated in the 2018 event, raising over $14,000.
Darkness Into Light Calgary takes place Saturday, May 11 at 5 am at Prince’s Island Park.
With files from Meadhbh Monahan