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Eastern Montana Experience

Join us on September 19, 2020

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Welcome to the Eastern Montana Out of the Darkness Experience

While the Out of the Darkness Walks in Montana are 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 are working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you. Please be sure to visit our Montana Experience Home Page to learn more about the online events we are hosting throughout August and September. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure join us and show the world the we are #TogetherToFightSuicide!

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In-person Event Details

Walk Date: Saturday, September 19th
Walk Location: More information to come

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Nick Kallem 
Contact Phone: 406-702-6487 
Contact Email: easternmtootd@gmail.com

Upcoming E-vents

Out of the Darkness KICK OFF
WHEN: Thursday, August 13th
TIME: 2:00-3:00pm MDT

Out of the Darkness Experience Closing Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, October 3rd
TIME: 10:00-11:00am MDT

For more information, please contact:
Name: Katie Levine
Phone: 406-531-4728 
Email: klevine@afsp.org

Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

Why Register?

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.

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 the AFSP Montana Chapter at montana@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! Your local Out of the Darkness Walk will still provide opportunities for you to walk the day of your event (within social distancing guidelines)! More information on where you can walk and pick up your Honor Beads coming soon.

More great reasons to register:

  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
  • Registered walkers will be emailed an exclusive Montana Out of the Darkness Experience sign to print! Personalize it with your name and your reason for walking. #WhyIWalk
  • After the e-vent, you'll get a certificate of achievement to print out and show off!

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 bold 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.

Pre-Walk Fundraisers

Pella Church Community Dinner - September 30th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Walk Route

Become a Sponsor

Download the Eastern Montana Walk Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, 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!

Upload agreement and logo online

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Eastern Montana Walk Flyer.  Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness


  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. View event page 

 
  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!
 
 
Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central

 

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

Pets

Friendly, leashed pets are welcome.

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by and October 3rd to 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.

Activities of Hope and Healing

Messages of Hope
We Remember Tree
Bubble Ceremony

Honor Beads

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. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.

 

The Out of the Darkness Walk 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 Eastern Montana Experience!