Northwest Arkansas Experience

Join us on October 3, 2020

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/03/2020
Walk Location: Program Online on Facebook Live - Walk Location of Your Choice
Walk Program Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Marcey Ball 
Contact Phone: 479-790-3917 
Contact Email: marcey.afsp.ar@gmail.com

Online registration closes October 3. Registration is free and open to the public and donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Northwest Arkansas Experience

While, the Northwest Arkansas 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. 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’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you. Over the next few months, we will be sharing many ways that you can get involved with the Northwest Arkansas Out of the Darkness Experience. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to register here!  

The online program will take place on October 3 at 10:00 a.m. on the AFSP Arkansas Chapter Facebook Page and we will have a pickup day October 4 where participants can drive thru in their cars to pick up their walk t-shirts if they raised $150, pre-ordered merchandise, auction items and beads.

Pick-Up Location: 211 SE 34th St. in Bentonville.  Across from Phillips park behind the townhouses.  Look for signs.  Enter off of 34th St.   

  • All participants must remain in their car!  No exceptions.  
  • Drive thru will be from 12-2pm 
  • All AFSP and CDC guidelines will be adhered to.  Including all volunteers in masks.  

This will be your chance to pick up your walk T-shirt, pre ordered merchandise, auction items if you win and beads.  Even though we can’t all gather in person we look forward to seeing everyone! 

Hope in the Mailbox - Today, we launched our #HopeInTheMailbox postcard campaign. To bring a smile to someone's face, click here: www.afsp.org/HopeInTheMailbox - You can still spread HOPE even if we can't be together in person.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Week:

  • September 7 - Mindfulness Monday - Join Dr. Mary Ekdahl and Ladeana Bell, LPE-I to learn how to bring mindfulness to your life (view on our Arkansas Chapter YouTube channel)
  • September 8 - Talk Saves Lives Tuesday - Talk Saves Lives presentation, 1:00 p.m. Zoom (Register HERE
  • September 9 - Wellness Wednesday - Yoga session, 6:00 p.m. Zoom (Register HERE)
  • September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day - Suicide Prevention Proclamation Reading, 7:00 p.m. (Arkansas Chapter Facebook Live) and Candlelight Lighting by the Window, 8:00 p.m. (Learn more HERE)
  • September 11 - Facebook Fundraiser Friday - #ArkansasTogetherToFightSuicide (receive a prize for creating your FB Fundraiser through your walk page)

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.

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.

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. Also, be sure to create your Facebook Fundraiser directly through 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 and #TogetherToFightSuicide! 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!

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 10/03/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

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 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 Northwest Arkansas Experience!