Walk Date: 11/11/2017
Walk Location: John Beasley Park - Fort Walton Beach, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 11/11/2017 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Donna Williamson (info below) and Jessica Roberts (850-598-1107)
Contact Phone: 850-368-6694
Contact Email: email@example.com
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention continues to send our thoughts to all of Florida during this most difficult time. If you or anyone you know is in distress, please call SAMHSA’S Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Additional resources can be found HERE.
Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
Welcome to the Emerald Coast
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Click the "Register Now!" button at the top of the page to get started!
Click here to download the 2017 Emerald Coast Walk Flyer. Coffee shops, local businesses, schools, and community centers all make great places to post flyers in your neighborhood. You can also help promote Emerald Coast's "Walk to Fight Suicide" through social media! We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPEmeraldCoast.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story about why you walk!
There are numerous ways corporations and organizations can support the 2017 Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness Community Walk and the fight to #stopsuicide. CLICK HERE to download the sponsorship proposal or contact us and we'll send you a copy. ALL sponsors will receive numerous marketing benefits.
Raise $150 by November 11th and receive an official 2017 Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt! Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration tables the day of the Walk. All registered walkers are also eligible for recognition gifts for fundraising milestones throughout the season.
- Walk teams that raise $1,000 or more online by October 7th will have their team name added to the 2017 Emerald Coast Walk t-shirt! Check out these fundraising tips + tools to get your team started: http://goo.gl/CWBonQ
- The team that fundraises the most online by November 10th (the Friday before the event) will carry the AFSP banner and lead the walk route!
VOLUNTEER WITH US ON WALK DAY:
Volunteer with us and help make this year's event a success. Our walk is planned and managed by volunteers just like YOU and we would love to have your help. Volunteers assist with everything from set-up and breakdown to food and beverage stations, to route support, prize giveaways, and much more!
Contact us if you are interested in volunteering.
This year's event will be held at John Beasley Park – Fort Walton Beach. The walk route is approximately 3 miles and is wheelchair and stoller-friendly.
MESSAGES OF HOPE:
We want to spread the message that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many resources available to help those who are struggling to cope. We will have a special area at this year's event for walkers to create a "message of hope" for themselves, someone they know, or just to provide strength to someone who might be struggling. Help us create a "community of caring" by letting each other know that anyone can experience suicidal thoughts but there is help, and there is hope.
If you are a survivor of suicide loss, we encourage you to bring a non-returnable photo of your loved one to the event to add to our Remembrance Wall. AFSP's Remembrance Tent is an opportunity for walkers to share special photos and written memories of their loved one with others, or to simply pause for a quiet moment of reflection.
Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection. This event is a journey of remembrance and an event that unites a community - a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads (available for free at the event) - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the Walk Resource Fair. Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 9:00am. This is your opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to making a difference in the community.
Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. We will also have AFSP Doggie Bandanas in small and large sizes (while supplies last).
Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.