University of Michigan Campus Walk

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Event Details

Walk Date: 04/08/2018
Walk Location: Ferry Field - Ann Arbor, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 04/08/2018 at 12:00 pm
Walk Begins: 2:15 pm
Walk Ends: 3:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Chair- Reid Depowski (info below), Co-chair - Kim Snodgrass - 231-342-3241 - kimsnod@umich.edu 
Contact Phone: 734-790-5003 
Contact Email: rdepow@umich.edu

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 June 30th.

 

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness University of Michigan Campus Walk

 04/08/2018 

 

SCHEDULE

 

Registration:

12:00 pm

Opening Ceremony:   

2:00 pm

Walk Begins: 

2:15 pm

Closing Ceremony: Approx. 2:45/3:00 pm

  

 

PARKING

Parking is very limited at Ferry Field, however street parking is accessible in the neighborhoods and downtown, along with a parking structure downtown as noted on the map. We suggest people parking downtown closest to our ending ceremony and either walking or busing down to Ferry Field to avoid back-tracking for their car at the end. 

WALK ROUTE

We will begin our walk at Ferry Field and walk through central campus to hold our closing ceremony at Ingall's Mall to increase awareness of the issue of suicide on our campus.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OOTDUM


Post to your Facebook page and add the Out of the Darkness Link, or direct link to your fundraising page.       Click HERE to like our Facebook Page!
 
 
 
     Click HERE to let everyone on FB know you are participating or interested in the event! 
 
 
 
Share our walk video!
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk!

T-SHIRTS

Raise $100 by 04/08/2018 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-shirt!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk. 

RESOURCE FAIR

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.

Information tables hosted by student organizations, local mental health businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 12:00 pm.  This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.

DOGS

Dogs are welcome at Ferry Field and along our walk route as long as owners bring bags to clean up after them.

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

We will be posting a blank memory board for those who have lost a loved one to suicide and would like to write a message or post a photograph. We also invite you to bring your own memory board for us to display along with the collective board.

    

Honor Beads:
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.

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and 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 - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience

  • WHITE - LOST A CHILD 
  • RED -  LOST A SPOUSE OR PARTNER 
  • GOLD - LOST A PARENT 
  • ORANGE - LOST A SIBLING 
  • PURPLE - LOST A RELATIVE OR FRIEND 
  • SILVER -  LOST FIRST RESPONDER / MILITARY
  • GREEN - STRUGGLED PERSONALLY
  • BLUE - SUPPORT THE CAUSE
  • TEAL - FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLES


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 June 30th.

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.

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