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Together to Fight Suicide: Fort Wayne Out of the Darkness Experience 

HOPE and HEALING are not Canceled and Neither is the Out of the Darkness Experience  

While, the Out of the Darkness Fort Wayne Walk is going to look different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We aren’t able to all gather together at Headwaters Park this year, but 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 this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience. 

We are still encouraging everyone to connect in our community, just in a different way. We aren't able to gather at Headwaters Park but there are many other ways we can show our support for suicide prevention. You can walk in your favorite park, make your loved ones favorite meal, workout, do a relaxing activity, have a Zoom party with your team, or any other healing and connecting experience.   

Pick up times for honor beads, AFSP resources and bracelets can be found below. 2020 Fort Wayne Out of the Darkness Shirts will be mailed to individuals who raise $150+. 

Event Details

Experience Date: 09/27/2020

Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Date: 09/27/2020
Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Location: Headwaters Park - Fort Wayne, IN
Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Time: 10 AM - 1 PM on 9/27 at Headwaters Park

Shirts will be mailed to participants who raise $150+  

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Anne Boyko 
Contact Phone: 260-579-3545 
Contact Email: Fortwayneootd@gmail.com

Why Register?

  • By registering for the Out of the Darkness Fort Wayne Experience, you join 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.

  • 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 updates and invites to activities/events, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes. The Fort Wayne Experience will continue through 2020.

  • Individuals who raise $150 or more will receive a 2020 Fort Wayne Out of the Darkness t-shirt! You can fundraise through December 31st and still get a shirt.

Fort Wayne Experience FAQs

How should I share the photos of my experience?  

Share your photos to connect us all together by tagging @afspindiana and using hashtag #afspindiana on social media or emailing them to indiana@afsp.org 

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official event t-shirt! 

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate. 

How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided. 

For additional questions, please email Fortwayneootd@gmail.com

2020 IN Chapter Impact Sheet

Mental Health and COVID-19

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.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Fort Wayne Experience

No matter what the future holds, we know that we can still connect and stand in solidarity with one another in support of the cause. Whether you sign up as a walker or virtual participant, you are sending the message that nothing will stop us from working to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Register for the Out of the Darkness Walk today.

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.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Fort Wayne Walk Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $500, 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! 

Help Spread the Word!

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. 

 
  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!

Community Resources

It is important to be proactive about your mental health during uncertain times. If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. These resources can be used for support in addition to situations of crisis. You are not alone. We are in this together.

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/27/2020 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.

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 Fort Wayne Experience!