Ireland lights up in Orange for World Suicide Prevention day

On Thursday 10 September 2015 iconic landmarks and buildings throughout the island of Ireland are lighting up Orange to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day and to spread the message "It's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help”. This is part of Cycle Against Suicide's new initiative called ‘Events Against Suicide’ where events will take place during Suicide Awareness Week (Monday, September 7th to Sunday, September 13th). The Cycle Against Suicide Movement is doing this in collaboration with the International Year of Light and Light-based Technology 2015 and Solus.


Landmarks and buildings confirmed so far include:

Dublin: Grafton Street, The Mansion House, City Hall, Trinity College, Heuston Station, Christ Church Cathedral, National Concert Hall, RDS, Casino, UCD

Cork: City Hall, Blackrock Castle and Blarney Castle

Waterford: Bishop’s Palace Museum

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

Belfast: Belfast City Hall

Derry: Derry City and Strabane District Council Offices and Ebrington Square

Fermanagh: Enniskillen Castle

Tyrone: Strule Arts Centre 

More buildings are being confirmed every day as this initiative catches the imagination of communities across the island of Ireland.

Thousands of orange coloured light bulbs, donated by Irish company Solus, are currently making their way into communities throughout the island of Ireland.  These will be sold by Cycle Against Suicide volunteers and ambassadors. Contact the Cycle Against Suicide team on to find out where to buy them at €5 for a pack of 2. The funds raised will go towards Cycle Against Suicide’s schools programme.

In support of lighting up buildings in Orange, organisers are also encouraging people to Go Orange in any way they can (painting front doors orange, wearing an orange hat orwig, etc) on Thursday, September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, and to share selfies and pictures on social media using the hashtags #LetsGoOrange and #BreakTheCycle @CASuicide to spread the message "It's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help”. Buildings fitted with colour-changing LED lights are being asked to push a button to change it to Orange on Thursday, September 10th and special heat resistant colour filters or gels can be placed over suitable building lights. 

For more information visit Cycle Against Suicide website.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


Aisling Riordan
#LetsGoOrange Event Organizer

Martin Leahy
IYL 2015 Irish National Committee Chair

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015