At 04:15 this morning, over a hundred people gathered at Arthur’s Seat at sunrise, walking from darkness into light in support of suicide prevention, raising over £3,500 for Health in Mind.  

Arriving in full darkness, the 100+ participants carried lights and torches as they walked through Holyrood Park, greeting the sunrise as a symbol of hope for all those affected by suicide. 

The event starts at the same time across the world, with over 200 groups across 4 continents gathering to walk together as the sun rises. It aims to bring communities together, build hope among those affected by suicide, and raise money for local mental health support. 

Darkness into Light began 15 years ago in Ireland, founded by Dublin suicide prevention charity Pieta. Since then, it has been adopted in 12 other nations, and today’s Edinburgh walk marks the first time this popular event has taken place in Scotland. 

Jaimee Louise Gordon, 27, who led a committee of volunteers to deliver this event in support of Health in Mind and Pieta, said: 

“Suicide prevention and mental health support means so much to me because we all have been affected by it, one way or another. Whether it’s us personally or somebody we know, we all have mental health and we all need to look after it.  

I have done this walk in Ireland many years ago, and take part every year in my own way. This year I decided I wanted to make it official and raise money for this cause. I have lived in Edinburgh for almost 9 years, so to be able to bring the walk here is really a dream come true.  

I chose Health in Mind as our partner charity because I really respect their values; respect, inclusion, compassion, integrity and realising potential. I love the work that Health in Mind does and the fact that it is a local Edinburgh charity meant a lot to me.  

I would like to thank the Edinburgh community for their ongoing support and the kindness they have shown me in the past few months, my committee members who have been with me every step of the way, and I would like to say a big thank you to Kirsty at Health in Mind, for showing the same enthusiasm that I have for this event, and for being a constant support throughout!” 

Kirsty Greer, Community Engagement and Events Officer at Health in Mind, said: 

“We’ve had an incredible response for this, the first Darkness into Light walk ever held in Scotland. A lot of people are here today because of their own personal experiences, and that really speaks to our ethos of keeping lived experience at the heart of all we do. People have really come together, and seeing the sense of community, love and support this morning has been worth getting out of bed at 3am for!  

A huge thanks to the Darkness into Light Edinburgh volunteer committee who have organised such a fantastic and inspiring event, and to everyone who joined us this morning to greet the sunrise and walk together out of darkness. Not only has it been an amazing opportunity to raise awareness of the lifesaving importance of mental health care and support, but it’s going to make a really practical difference here in Scotland. Every penny helps us provide dedicated support for people dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety and more.  

We hope many more people will take the example set by this morning’s fantastic walkers and be encouraged to speak openly about mental health and suicide prevention.”  

Coming into Mental Health Awareness Week this week, this is a great start to our #Move4YourMind campaign – keep an eye on our socials or go to health-in-mind.org.uk to find out more on that. 

Family in yellow Darkness into Light t-shirts, and dog, looking over Edinburgh at sunrise