Walk Date: 09/29/2019
Walk Location: Penn Yan Boat Launch - Keuka Outlet Trl. - Penn Yan, NY
Check-in/Registration Time: 12:00 pm
Walk Begins: 1:00 pm
Walk Ends: 3:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Sarah Thompson
Contact Phone: 607-216-5161
Contact Email: email@example.com
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. Registration is free and open to the public. 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 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
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 right away.
Walk with us to bring suicide out of the darkness in Yates County: To support hose who've lost lovedo nes to suicide; those with lived expereince; and those who have struggled or continue to struggle. These people are our neighbors, friends, coworkers, teachers, and family members. Currently Yates County has the second highest suicide death rate per 100,000 population in the nine-county Finger Lakes region. But suicide can be prevented. Together we can reaise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide. The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yates County direclty benefits form these funds, as the AFSP provides us with free suicide prevention materials, training, and education programs that we bring to our community -- like Talk Saves Lives, More Than Sad, and It's Real: College Students and Mental Health. Our first walk took place in September 2018, with 203 people participating and nearly $12,000 raised.
Walk Route and Information
Location: Penn Yan Village Boat Launch, 290-298 Water Street, Penn Yan, NY (Parking at boat launch and Elm Street Sports Complex/baseball fields).
Community Resource Tables: Local nonprofits, Veterans Affairs, health/human services, and mental health providers
Music by DJ Barry!
Hope and Healing Activites: Hope says banner, "I'm Walking For" Buttons, Memory Pinwheels, Imprinting Lives t-shirt printing ($15, bring an old photo or text a photo to them on-site)
12:45 PM Opening Ceremony: Honor Bead Ceremony and Speakers
1:00 PM Walk Start: Walk along the gravel-lined village protion of the Keuka Outlet Trail, with water stops and portable toilets. Approx. 2-3 miles total.
2:30 PM Walk End/Closing Ceremony (approx)
Questions? Please reach out! Email: YatesSuicidePrevention@gmail.com
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story about why you walk!
Raise $150 by 09/29/2019 and receive an official 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 table the day of the Walk.
Activities of Hope and Healing
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 Community 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.