Anchorage Experience

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Welcome to the Anchorage Out of the Darkness Experience

While the Out of the Darkness Walk in Anchorage is going to look different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 3, for the (new) Anchorage Out of the Darkness Experience. We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you, and we will share more details about our exciting plans in the coming weeks. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to sign up and join us!

Register Now and show the world that we are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.


Upcoming E-vents

More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents/Guardians

When: Tuesday, September 8TH

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM Alaska Time

Learn More and Register Here: LINK

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

When: Thursday, September 10TH

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM Alaska Time

Learn More and Register Here: LINK

Out of the Darkness DAY

WHEN: Saturday, October 3

TIME: 10:00-11:00am Alaska Time

Learn More and Register Here: LINK

Join Us For A Series Of Hope-filled Activities And Use These Resources To Help Raise Awareness And Critical Funds. Be sure to visit our PARTICIPANT HUB to make the most of your experience.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK

In the era of Covid-19, as we all try to protect our mental health and cope with uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. You don’t have to be a mental health professional to make a difference. There are simple things we can all do to safeguard our mental health, and you don’t have to do it alone. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to advocating for smart suicide prevention legislation, to having a #RealConvo about your own or others’ mental health, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives. Together, we #KeepGoing.

Learn More Here: LINK

HOPE ROCKS       

We are going live to paint rocks and show all of Alaska we are #TogetherToFightSuicide. Grab some paints and rocks and join us on Facebook for an evening, you are sure to remember.

Learn More Here: LINK

HIKE FOR HOPE

From now through the end of September we will post a different trailhead for you to explore with the goal to encourage you to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page and mark yourself as going to the Anchorage Out of the Darkness Experience for updates. 

Learn More Here: LINK

HOPE LIVES HERE

Show you neighbors, family, and friends HOPE Lives where you are by decorating your windows with our with these printable cutout graphics. Then snap a pic and post it to your social media tagging AFSP-Alaska for a chance to win a prize.

Learn More Here: LINK

PICTURES OF HOPE

Participate in our first ever photo scavenger hunt. From now through September 30 you can capture pics of the listed items and post them to your social media to help bring awareness to our cause.

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WILL THERE BE A WALK? YES!

As an organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is leading by example in practicing healthy behaviors for ourselves and one another during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our self-guided walk is the perfect way to practice safe distancing while raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention in Alaska. Follow our traditional path of hope and healing beginning at the Chuck Albrecht Softball Complex and the Campbell Creek trail. Follow the course and keep an eye out for our hand painted Out of the Darkness rocks, selfie station and other memorable moments along the way.

Following your walk, join us for a virtual honor bead ceremony featured on our event homepage and social media accounts.

You can submit a photo of your loved ones lost to suicide along with their names, year of birth and the year they died for our video memoriam to dmorris@afsp.org. All photos must be received by Friday, September 25, before 5:00 PM.

When: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Where: Chuck Albrecht Softball Complex

Safety: If you have or had any of the following systems within the past 21 days, you should stay home and view our honor bead ceremony online at afsp.org/anchorage.

Sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Click here for more information on Municipal Orderliness and Information Regarding COVID-19

 

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Dennis Lasley 
Contact Phone: 907-250-1890 
Contact Email: dennis.afspak@gmail.com

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness


  Post to your Facebook page and add the Anchorage Out of the Darkness Experience link ( www.afsp.org/anchorage), or the direct link to your fundraising page!
 
 
Share your photos! #TogetherToFightSuicide #OutoftheDarkness #AFSPAlaska #StopSuicideAK
 
 

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk!

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by Septenber 25, 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 donations the day of the Walk.

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines as we map out our options for bringing you an experience of hope and healing this fall.

WHY REGISTER?

Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:

  1. You belong to a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.
  2. We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  3. Mental Health and suicide prevention are more important than ever, and we’re confident that with your help we can reach more people than ever before.

We realize that nothing can substitute the experience of coming together in person, and we will continue to seek ways in which we can do that safely. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and in-person this fall. Please contact our Alaska Chapter area director at dmorris@afsp.org for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.

WAIT … ARE WE STILL WALKING TO FIGHT SUICIDE?

YES! The Anchorage Out of the Darkness Experience is a real walk, but on your terms: you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you (within safe distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's connecting online this year.

HOW CAN YOU HELP RIGHT NOW?

The Out of the Darkness Experience is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Anchorage Out of the Darkness Experience!