In Luxembourg: “By walking together, we feel less alone”

In Luxembourg: “By walking together, we feel less alone”
In Luxembourg: “By walking together, we feel less alone”

It was not revelers who crossed the streets of Clausen in the early morning, but a sea of ​​yellow T-shirts, symbolizing hope. Shortly after 5 a.m., nearly 650 people walked 5km from the Sports Hall through Clausen, Grund and Ville-Haute, on the occasion of the “Darkness into light” suicide prevention walk. For Natalie, Eelondia and their two daughters, it was an opportunity to remember Michael, one of their loved ones who committed suicide in December. “It’s a pretty sad walk, but seeing all these people participating, we really feel less alone,” says Natalie.

While some like Alan and Avril got up very early this morning to support the march without necessarily being affected by suicide or mental health issues, most of the marchers were impacted in one way or another. According to Nadia Ruef from the Information and Prevention Center of the Luxembourg Mental Hygiene League, almost a fifth of the population suffers from a mental illness. “I think it was therapeutic for me to come.” Angelika, 35, admits to having had to fight against dark thoughts during her childhood in Poland. “There, I didn’t really have any resources, so I’m happy that the subject is less taboo today and that we talk about it more.”

“We had 644 registrations this year, while last year we were still at 473. Every time I turned around to take a photo, I felt like the line of people behind me never stopped. more,” rejoices Linda, one of the organizers of the scope of the event which has continued to increase since its implementation in Luxembourg six years ago.

Each person who registered automatically made a donation to three charitable partner organizations of the event, which are committed to the field of mental health (d’Ligue, the Kanner-Jugendtelefon and SOS Détresse). For Laura, 18, it is important to raise money for non-profit organizations because in Brazil, her native country, there are very few resources for people who struggle with suicidal thoughts.

Jack also helps organize the event. He believes that suicide remains a taboo subject in the Grand Duchy and he would like us to talk about it more, particularly at school. He is also delighted to be able to support the associations which keep all the donations. “They are very available to the people concerned and really support them,” he believes.

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