Virtual Southern Illinois University Campus Walk

Join us on April 25, 2020

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Event Details

Virtual Walk Date: 04/25/2020
Virtual Walk Location: Location of your choice!
Virtual Walk Time: 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Angela Peterman & Beth Morrison ([email protected]) 
Contact Phone: 618-536-4441 
Contact Email: [email protected]

The SIU Campus Walk is still happening virtually, so you can continue to raise awareness & funds while asking others to join you as a Virtual Walker.

The safety and well-being of our participants is our top priority. We know that these are uncertain times, and if you are feeling extra anxious please see the blog post from AFSP’s Doreen Marshall, Ph.D., on how to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty as well as 8 ways to manage our anxiety surrounding coronavirus.

There are still so many ways to continue to raise awareness and funds for the cause, and to “virtually” walk with us.

- Be on the Stream Team! Stream to raise funds and show everyone what you are doing instead of walking on that day. You can also go on Facebook Live or IGTV to share with everyone on social.

- The CW Bracket begins March 16th, and your school can be on the Bracket and win whether the walk happens or not! The winning walk participants who raise $25+ during the challenge will win a prize!

You will still receive a free shirt for raising $100!

You can still receive super cool Walk swag!

Please continue to take care of yourself, and thank you for your dedication and support of AFSP and preventing suicide at SIU.

 

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Virtual Southern Illinois University Campus Walk  

04/25/2020

GET REGISTERED!

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).

ABOUT THE WALK

The Walk will begin at the main entrance to the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center. We will walk east to Illinois Ave. From there we will walk north to the Carbondale Civic Center. Here we will go west on Walnut to Univiversity Ave. On University Ave. we will walk south back to the SIU Student Center.

PETS

Friendly, leashed pets are welcome at the event.

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! Use #OutoftheDarkness

View this Walk's event page on Facebook
 
Visit the SIU Wellness page on Facebook and Instagram
 
T-SHIRT

Raise $100 by 04/25/2020 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.

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

The walk will include a Remembrance Tree, where participants can display their loved one's names, and in return, take a packet of seeds as a symbol of hope. 

 

SIU's Honor Guard will participate in the opening ceremony where they will lead the group through the National Anthem with a touching display of flags. 

A candlelight vigil will be held to conclude the walk, where participants can listen connect through words of comfort and hope.

 

      

Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental health condition can sometimes feel as if no one understands what you are going through. Wearing honor beads the day of the walk is a way to show each other that we are all connected to the cause, and that no one is alone.

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. 


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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