Walk Date: 11/03/2019
Walk Location: Veterans Park - 4800 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL
Check-in/Registration Time: 1:00 pm
Walk Begins: 2:30 pm
Walk Ends: 4:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Marissa Grayson
Contact Phone: 205-613-6630
Contact Email: [email protected]
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.
Become a Sponsor
Download the Alabama Walk Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $500, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits!
Help Spread the Word!
Download the Alabama Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community. Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives! 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 11/03/2019 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.
Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Table.
Activities of Hope and Healing
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 Survivor Area. This area 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.
If you would like to bring a photo of your loved ones, or a message of strength and hope to be displayed on the Photo Wall, please bring copies only and not originals in case of accidental damage/weather.
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 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.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area. Information tables hosted by local non-profit organizations and businesses will open at 1:00p.m. 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.
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.