Lubbock Experience

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Lubbock Experience

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

The Walk is still happening, just in a new and creative way! While we may not be able to gather all together this year, participants and their teams will be safely walking throughout neighborhoods and parks all across our community, in honor of the person(s) for whom they walk and in commemoration of the 2020 Lubbock Out of the Darkness Experience. This is an opportunity to bring our messages of hope and awareness to the places we call home! We are asking our walkers to engage in an Out of the Darkness activity during National Suicide Prevention Week, September 6th-12th. To make your experience unique, we encourage you to chalk your walk, decorating sidewalks with words of HOPE, or to walk your way, and map out a walk route in your neighborhood. Share your miles walked so we can calculate how many miles we walked together to fight suicide. So wear your OOTD walk t-shirts and beads with prides and share your experiences in our HOPE Hub or on social media using our hashtags #TexasTogether and #TogethertoFightSuicide. 

We are working hard to identify how we will distribute the favorite parts of our Out of the Darkness events, like the honor beads, AFSP literature, local resource materials, and t-shirts. We are also upping our game with more incentives and activities than ever before. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to register now!

We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone. This is going to be a memorable and ground-breaking year and we hope you'll join us in our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide. 

We are always, #TogetherToFightSuicide

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

Event Details

Walk Date: 09/13/2020
Walk Location: Online - Lubbock, TX
Time: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ann Marie Casiraghi 
Contact Phone: 806-893-2525 
Contact Email: ann.m.casiraghi@ttu.edu

Join the #TexasTogether Initiative

By registering for the Lubbock Out of the Darkness Experience, you get a two for one deal. When you register you will also get access to our Texas Together Campaign. On October 17th, AFSP Texas is hosting an Out of the Darkness online experience, featuring suicide prevention and volunteer trainings, opportunities to share your story while honoring our loved ones, actionable awareness activities that you can be a part of, as well as virtual platforms for participants across the state to connect with other teams and individuals passionate about suicide prevention and mental health.  Learn more at afsp.org/texas.

6 Ways You Can Raise Awareness and #StopSuicide

  1. Download this Hope Lives in Texas sign. Snap a picture of you in your favorite Texas location. Share on social media using #texastogethertofightsuicide.
  2. Check out the social sharing images we've provide for National Suicide Prevention Week and let people know that together, we can #keepgoing.
  3. Make a self-donation of $5 and receive our bluebonnet Be the Voice sticker. 
  4. Make a Facebook fundraiser. Be sure to start your fundraiser through your dashboard to have the donations go toward your fundraising. Learn how here. 
  5. Share a photo of who you are walking for either to the HOPE Hub or to social media using #TexasTogether and #keepgoing 
  6. Get out and walk! Take a walk in your neighborhood or favorite community park. To make things more fun, you can chalk your walk by decorating the sidewalk with words or encouragement. Be sure to let us know how many miles you walked so that we can calculate how many miles we walked together to fight suicide. 

Calendar of upcoming experience events

We will be updating this calendar regularly with new and exciting experiences for you. Please check back often and check your emails from us, as there's lots more to come!

 

September National Suicide Awareness Month

October

November

December

  • 12/31 Last Day to Turn in OOTD Funds

 

How You Can Help

Get Registered

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide. Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account.  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).

Join the HOPE Hub

Our walks typically provide opportunities to share “Why I Walk” or a message of HOPE.  This year the we are bringing this opportunity to you digitally.  Click HERE to submit a video (30-45 seconds long) or picture with text for why you walk.

Consider a message that speaks to one or more of these three themes:

  • You’ve lost someone and you want to share about them.
  • You have a message of hope to others that have lost loved ones.
  • You have a message of hope for those that struggle or who have survived an attempt.

Share on Social Media 

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join and donate towards your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool! 

Be sure to use #afsptexas, #TexasTogether, #TogetherToFightSuicide. Don't forget to follow us, too! 

              

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

 

 

Fundraise Online

Raise $25 and receive the limited edition HOPE mask!

 

 

Raise $150 by September 13th and receive the official 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt! 

 

Once you’ve registered, set up a Facebook
fundraiser to raise awareness and donations for
the event! Follow these quick and easy steps!

Activities of Hope and Healing

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 Lubbock Experience!