Walk Date: 04/13/2019
Walk Location: Mellon Patio (Shadyside Campus) - Pittsburgh, PA
Check-in/Registration Time: 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Sharon Novalis
Contact Phone: 412-365-1534
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We are so excited to bring the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk back to Chatham University for its 3rd year! Last spring, we had over 200 walkers -- a mix of students, faculty, and community members -- join the event to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. With past walk funds, we have already held numerous mental health and suicide prevention training programs at Chatham, including our "Talk Saves Lives" and "It's Real: College Students & Mental Health" programs with more education events on the future calendar too. This year, we hope to get more student clubs and teams involved and doing fundraising for the walk, as well as helping us fight the mental illness stigma and make people feel empowered to seek help when struggling or in crisis.
The walk route is a 5k (though cut-offs are available for those needing to walk a shorter distance). Please see the map for the meeting place for this walk (Chatham University, Shadyside Campus, Mellon Patio).
Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use #OutoftheDarkness
Raise $100 by 04/13/2019 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.
On this day we will also have music at the patio, a Hope Tree (where you can write a note of inspiration or remembrance and/or place a picture), prayer flags, a poetry reading, a ceremonial tree planting, and a feeding station for Howard the Duck.
We will also have a continental breakfast available before the walk (while supplies last) & pizza after the walk (while supplies last).
Chatham University Counseling Services, Re:Solve Crisis Network and NAMI representatives will also have information tables available.
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.
There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.
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.
More activities for the Chatham walk will be announced as we get closer. If your student club or team or department would like to get involved with hosting an activity or resource table at the walk, please contact our walk chair using the contact info at the top of this page.
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.