Friday 22nd December 2017
Ireland lit up in Orange for World Suicide Prevention day
Proudly supported by Solus
Something very exciting and special happened on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 for World Suicide Prevention Day. Iconic landmarks and buildings throughout the island of Ireland lit up Orange to spread the message "It's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help”.
In addition, thousands of people across the 32 counties turned on a Solus Orange light bulb in their homes at 9pm on Thursday, September 10th, in unity, to share this positive and universal message.
This was part of Cycle Against Suicide's new initiative called ‘Events Against Suicide’ where events took place during Suicide Awareness Week (Monday, September 7th to Sunday, September 13th).
The Cycle against Suicide Movement undertook this initiative in collaboration with Solus and the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015. People wearing orange met at central landmarks in each of the cities at 8:45pm and at 9pm, thousands of Solus orange light bulbs were switched on in homes and communities.
The orange light bulbs donated by Solus were sold by Cycle against Suicide volunteers and ambassadors and all funds raised are going towards the Cycle Against Suicide’s schools programme http://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/schools
Landmarks and buildings included:
· Dublin: Grafton Street, The Mansion House, City Hall, Trinity College, Heuston Station, Christ Church Cathedral, Bank of Ireland on College Green, O’Connell Tower in Glasnevin Cemetery, Croke Park, National Concert Hall, RDS, Casino, UCD, St John of God hospital and St Patrick's Mental health services;
· Cork: City Hall, Blackrock Castle, Blarney Castle and Tyndall National Institute;
· Waterford: Bishop’s Palace Museum, Dungarvan Bridge;
· Limerick: Corporate HQ, The Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle;
· Kilkenny: Kilkenny Castle, The Town Hall, City Library and County Hall;
· Galway: City Hall and Fisheries Tower, The Mayors Private Residence and NUI Galway;
· Wicklow: Shillelagh Courthouse
· Belfast: Belfast City Hall
· Derry-Londonderry: Derry City and Strabane District Council Offices, Ebrington Square, Ulster University - Magee Campus;
· Fermanagh: Enniskillen Castle
· Tyrone: Strule Arts Centre
In support of lighting up buildings in Orange, organisers also encouraged people to Go Orange in any way they could, like painting front doors orange, wearing an orange hat or wig, on Thursday, September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, and to share selfies and pictures on social media using the hashtags #LetsGoOrange and #BreakTheCycle @CASuicide. The Facebook page with all updates and stunning photos is called Let’s Go Orange for World Suicide Prevention Day.
People around the world got involved holding #LetsGoOrange signs in places like New York, London, Manchester, Paris, Sydney, Qatar and Malaysia. The media and celebrities really got behind the campaign with interviews and reports going out on national and local TV, radio stations and newspapers (print and online). #LetsGoOrange also trended on social media for most of the day. Solus are very proud to be able to help spread the message that "It's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help”.
Link to the main photo album: http://on.fb.me/1VYnz8p