Pieta first opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin in 2006. Since then we have seen and helped over 58,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

We now operate fifteen centres and five outreach service across Ireland. Pieta now employs over 270 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for our service is increasing.

How We Work - Pieta Way

In 2018, almost 8,200 people came through our doors suffering from suicidal ideation, engaging in self-harm, or to avail of suicide bereavement counselling and we managed over 16,000 calls through our 24 hour freephone helpline.

Everything is free of charge and our staff are fully qualified, providing a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required.

Everything is free of charge and our staff are fully qualified, providing a professional one-to-one therapeutic service

Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention.

Pieta’s three main pillars of practice are prevention, intervention, and postvention.

  • Pieta’s prevention services include The Resilience Academy and the Amber Flag.
    These are awareness driving initiatives to instil and empower young people with coping mechanisms to prevent them potentially incurring suicidal or self-harm thoughts in the future.

  • Pieta’s intervention model is our suicidal ideation and self-harm counselling therapy.
    Our strength based and solution focused method through up to twelve sessions of free counselling, initially twice a week, will provide clients with a new perspective to the problems they’re experiencing now.

  • Postvention practice is our Suicide Bereavement service.
    We provide free counselling, therapy and support to those who have been bereaved by suicide. This service provides Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officers within 8 weeks of a death by suicide, and Suicide Bereavement Counselling from 8 weeks on.

Darkness Into Light

Darkness Into Light is our flagship fundraiser, an event that is almost entirely organised by our amazing volunteers continues to go from strength to strength. Hundreds of thousands of people wake in the small hours of the morning to take part in Darkness Into Light and each year it touches the lives of many more in venues across the world.

Hope is something we strive to give each person who comes to us in their time of need. We help them feel more hopeful about the future as we continue to tackle the grave issue of suicide and self-harm in Ireland.

Hope is something we strive to give each person who comes to us in their time of need. We help them feel more hopeful about the future as we continue to tackle the grave issue of suicide and self-harm in Ireland.

We’re passionate about our life-saving work. As over 80% of our income comes from fundraising events, we rely heavily on the support and encouragement of our volunteers and friends of Pieta.

Chief Executive Officer

Elaine Austin joins Pieta House with a wealth of experience in leadership and management from her previous role as Group HR Chief Operating Officer in Bank of Ireland where she was responsible for delivering people and organisational change.

Elaine Austin, Pieta CEO

Last year, across 15 centres nationwide, Pieta provided 8,200 people with free face to face professional intervention and bereavement counselling, and this was further supported by the 24/7 crisis helpline. Speaking about her appointment, Elaine Austin said;

"I feel very privileged to be a part of this organisation and look forward to leading Pieta in the delivery of its vision - that in Ireland, suicide, self-harm and stigma is replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance"

Fergus Clancy, Chairman of Pieta, said; “On behalf of the Board of Pieta, I am delighted to welcome Elaine. Our ambition is to build on the already strong foundations of Pieta. We are confident that Elaine will provide strong leadership as the organisation enters the next phase of growth, building on the significant legacy fostered by Joan Freeman and Brian Higgins, and bringing its important services to as many people as possible."