Welcome to the Hudson Valley/Westchester Out of the Darkness Experience
While the Out of the Darkness Walks in the Hudson Valley and Westchester are going to be different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope.
We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you, and we will share more details about our exciting plans in the coming weeks. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to sign up and join us!
Register Now for an Out of the Darkness Experience
Once registered, you will receive a confirmed time for your experience: 9-10: A-F, 10-11: G-O, 11-12: P-Z
Donations are accepted until December 31st.
We will have an in-person walk through opportunity on your walk date where you can:
- Pick up your walk t-shirt
- Get AFSP resources
- Participate in the memorial/remembrance activity
- Wear your honor beads
- View our Lifekeeper Memory Quilts
- Get your picture taken in front of our banner
- Drop off any donation money
- Take a walk through the park, on your own
Our communities have always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines as we map out our options for bringing you an experience of hope and healing this fall.
Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:
You belong to a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.
We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
Mental Health and suicide prevention are more important than ever, and we’re confident that with your help we can reach more people than ever before.
We realize that nothing can substitute the experience of coming together in person, and we will continue to seek ways in which we can do that safely. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.
Things We Will Do
- Adhere to ALL NYS guidelines.
- ALL staff & volunteers will be wearing masks & gloves.
- Break the in-person event times up alphabetically (you will be assigned a time).
- Have hand sanitizer and masks available.
- Have separate entrance and exit paths with social distance markers.
- Have volunteers to guide you.
Things We Will NOT Do (at our in-person event):
- Have an opening/closing ceremony.
- Start walking at the same time.
- Linger at the park.
**We are encouraging team captains to do the pick-ups for their team.
October 17th, as a unified community, we will come together virtually, for a chapter wide event.
This event will include:
- Opening ceremony
- Guest speaker(s)
- Honor Bead Ceremony
- 2020 Remembrance Video
For more information, please contact:
Name: Maria Idoni, Hudson Valley/Westchester Area Director