A group that works to prevent suicide and self-harm is reporting a significant increase in the number of people seeking help.
Pieta House said there had been a 93% increase in the number of people aged under 18 contacting its services last year.
This morning, about 10,000 people across the country took part in 'Darkness into Light' dawn walks to raise funds for the charity.
Joan Freeman, CEO and Founder of Pieta House, says part of the increase in calls from teenagers is due to a greater acceptance that it's ok to seek help.
But she said young people are also badly affected by the recession: