Pieta first opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin in 2006. Since then we have seen and helped over 60,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

We now operate 20 locations across Ireland. Pieta now employs over 200 therapists and support staff, and the demand for our service is increasing.

How We Work - Pieta Way

In 2020 Pieta delivered over 52,000 hours of intervention and bereavement counselling. We managed over 70,000 crisis support calls and texts through our 24 freephone helpline and we directly supported over 600 households devastated by the loss of a loved one by suicide.

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.

All our services are 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.
    Through up to twelve sessions of free counselling, our strengths-based, solution-focused method aims to nurture resilience and collaboratively develop effective coping strategies with our clients.

  • 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.