Walk Date: 09/15/2019
Walk Location: Millennium Park - Grand Rapids, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 11:00 am
Program Begins: 12:45 pm
Walk Begins: 1:00 pm
Walk Ends: 3:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Phil & Deb McPherson
Contact Phone: 616-490-0089
Contact Email: AFSPWestMichigan@yahoo.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.
The Grand Rapids Walk route has two choices of 1 mile or 3 mile, both paved and relatively flat. Walkers can absolutely bring strollers. Break areas will be along the route with extra water for walkers and dogs.
Team and walkers with dog family members please remember to carry extra water and waste bags. Water bowls will also be at break areas along the walk on the 1 mile and 3 mile.
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 09/15/2019 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
Share Your Message & Honor Your Loved One - bring a photo of the person(s) for whom you walk, write a message on the back and attach to our picture chain on the memory deck. Walkers will also have the opportunity add to our 2019 Out of the Darkness banner where you can share your a personal quote and/or honor/remember your loved one, to which we add a new banner each year at the walk. Previous walk banners will also be on display along the walk.
Resources Fair - where you can find information tables with resources hosted by local organizations. This will be an opportunity for walkers to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.
Crisis and Support Tent - we want to provide a safe space for everyone who has been affected by suicide. AFSP wants all walkers to feel welcome and comfortable, and supported. A mental health professional will be in attendance to offer support by listening about your story and resources as needed for those affected with a loss.
Team and Family Areas - The Grand Rapids Walk is a family-friendly event! Teams and families can feel free to setup a space (bring tent for shade) for the time between registration, welcoming and after the walk. A photo space will be setup for
Enjoy the beautiful Millennium Park after the walk, reflect on the day and remember the ones we have lost.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, suicide is preventable and together we can #StopSuicide.
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.