Welcome to the Southwest Florida Out of the Darkness Experience 

#BeTheVoice of suicide prevention in Southwest Florida

While our Out of the Darkness Walks are going to look 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 invite you to join us this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience. 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!

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

We will be having one online Out of the Darkness Experience on Sunday, November 15th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  

  

Join an Out of the Darkness Experience Today!

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Southwest Florida Chapter hosts Out of the Darkness Walks throughout the state each fall. Register today for an Experience near you and join us as we walk to fight suicide.

 

 

We will be having one online Out of the Darkness Experience on Sunday, November 15th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Please select one of the Out of the Darkness Experiences from the list below to get registered.

Register for Sarasota

Register for Charlotte County

Register for Naples

 

Experience Details

We encourage you to walk to fight suicide with friends and family (following CDC guidelines) any time and any place across Southwest Florida. Or choose any activity that makes you feel good – it is YOUR Experience!  During your walk, be sure to wear your AFSP gear and display your honor beads with pride. Don’t forget to share your experiences on social media using our hashtag #SWFLExperience!

Online Ceremony

The opening ceremony will stream live to the event page, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on November 15th at 10:00 am.  The video will be up for viewing with your team at your convenience.

Submit a Photo for the Digital Honor Wall

Share a picture of a loved one or of why you walk.  Click the button below to submit pictures to be included in AFSP Southwest Florida Chapter's 2020 Out of the Darkness Experience Online Ceremony.

Submit Photo Here

Drive-Thru Packet Pickup

On Sunday, November 15th we will have drive-thru locations for Individual and Team Captains to pick up their Southwest Florida Out of the Darkness Experience Packets.

Packets will include:

  • AFSP Honor Beads

  • T-shirts for Individuals who have raised $150 or more

  • “I’m Walking For” Bibs and Buttons”

  • Printed AFSP Materials

Team Captain and Individual Packet Pick Up Times will run from 10am - 1pm.

YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP IN ADVANCE TO PICK UP YOUR PACKET

  • Our packet pick up form by Noon on 11/13/2020

  • Team Captains will pick up materials for Team Members for distribution

  • Face Masks are required at all Packet Pick Up Locations

  • Remain in your car for the packet pick up

  • No Parking, Pick Up locations are for packet distribution only

We must adhere to physical distancing guidelines mandated by state and local governments.

Click here to fill out the packet pick up form. 

**Pick up times will be assigned to insure traffic flow and safety is maintained. 

Online Silent Auction

Our Southwest Florida Out of the Darkness Experience Virtual Silent Auction starts on Thursday, November 5th 12:00 PM EST! Each day at 12:00 PM, we will release a new silent auction item with all proceeds to benefit the AFSP Southwest Florida Chapter! We have some amazing auction packages, and we thank you for bidding to support the fight against suicide! Virtual Silent Auction On Facebook 

 

Featured Programs

By featuring real stories and experiences, It’s Real conveys that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help.

We hope it inspires you to have a #RealConvo today! 

 

Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.  Check out a 30 second promo video HERE.

Contact Area Director Tara Sullivan (tsullivan@afsp.org) to schedule your Talk Saves Lives TODAY!

 

 

Through our educational programs, we teach schools, communities, and workplaces how to best prevent suicide and create a culture that is smart about mental health. AFSP currently has over 30 educational programs. Many of these programs are brought to your local communities free of charge because of the funds raised from our Out of the Darkness Walks.

We provide the opportunity for local volunteers to be trained to present our community and school based programs such as Talk Saves Lives, More Than Sad, and It’s Real.

For a list of all programs and support services, visit www.afsp.org

 

FL State Fact Sheet:

Connect with your local chapter to get more involved and keep updated with programs and activities all year long.


Southwest Florida Chapter Contact:

Tara Sullivan | Area Director | 863-937-9891 | tsullivan@afsp.org

 

Want to be involved with our Southwest Florida Chapter? If you're interested in learning more please complete our online volunteer form HERE and someone from our chapter will contact you! 

Thank You for Supporting AFSP!

 

About our AFSP chapters

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapters.