Carroll County MD Experience
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Welcome to the
Out of the Darkness Carroll County MD Experience
While the Carroll County 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 invite you to join us for the Carroll County Out of the Darkness Experiences. Instead of gathering for a big event, we encourage you to walk to fight suicide on September 12 and 13 with friends and family (following CDC guidelines) in your neighborhood, in parks, or on your treadmill. Wear AFSP or Out of the Darkness T-shirts and make signs in honor of a loved one or to spread hope in your community. If walking is not your thing, do whatever you enjoy – it is YOUR experience. For those who want to be part of a safe in-person event, join us for the Carroll County Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony at Krimgold Park, Woodbine on September 12 from 7-9 pm. The hundreds of luminaries placed throughout the park will shine a light on suicide prevention and let our community know that HOPE IS NOT CANCELLED. Participants have to stay in their car to keep other participants and our volunteers safe. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to register and like our Facebook Event!
We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.
SHARE your Out of the Darkness Experience using #MDTogetherToFightSuicide and tagging @afspmaryland
MEMORIAL WALL - post a picture and stories of a loved one lost to suicide
MY OUT OF THE DARKNESS EXPERIENCE WALL - post pictures and stories of YOUR Out of the Darkness Experience
Event Date: 09/12/2020
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Lori Barnard
Contact Phone: 240-674-4538
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is free and open to the public. Event donations are accepted until December 31st.
Wait ... are we still walking to fight suicide?
Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Maryland and nationally. With last year's Walk fundraising, the AFSP Maryland Chapter was able to educate over 3,500 Marylanders on suicide prevention and mental health. We
- spoke to middle/high school students, their parents and educators
- presented to active duty military members, veterans and first responders
- spoke at churches, community centers, libraries, and senior homes
- hosted our fourth annual State Capitol Day in Annapolis and talked to over 30 legislators about how suicide affects Marylanders and how we can start reducing the annual suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025.
- organized 9 Survivor Day events and continue to facilitate Healing Conversations, a peer support program for loss survivors.
There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
- Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you're a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page!
- Donate to yourself, even just a modest sum of $20, to show others you are committed to the cause. It's easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
- Share your page and story with others. It's OK to ask for donations! And you may have to ask several times – that’s OK too!
You can also hold your own third-party fundraiser (i.e. paint night, restaurant fundraiser, bake sale etc.) and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal. Contact us if you need some guidance for your private fundraiser: CarrollOOTD@gmail.com.
This website is designed for online donations. You can mail checks and money orders to AFSP Maryland, PO Box 169, Annapolis, MD 21404. When you mail checks and money orders, please make sure that checks are made out to “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention” or "AFSP" and to include an offline donation form, so funds can be applied correctly. Once registered, be on the lookout for occasional emails from our walk chairs with walk updates, fundraising tips and educational workshop opportunities.
If you are a business that would like to support your community by helping save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide, please consider sponsoring the Carroll County Out of the Darkness Experience. We know that many businesses are struggling because of the pandemic, so any support for this year’s walk would mean a lot to us. Please make sure to also check out our toolkit for workplaces on how to enhance mental health during uncertain times. Know that we have resources to support you and your staff and that we would be more than happy to schedule a virtual or in-person (once possible) mental health and suicide prevention workshop with your team. To schedule a training, contact us at email@example.com.
If you are an employee, let your employer know that you will be walking in the Carroll County Out of the Darkness Experience and encourage them to form a corporate walk team. Share with them our sponsorship package and let them know that we are offering free suicide prevention trainings for workplaces. To schedule a training, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship levels start at only $250 and your support is 100% tax-deductible. All sponsors receive brand visibility and recognition of their support. For more details, please download and review our sponsorship packet.
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.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story about why you walk!
Raise $150 or more by October 25 @ midnight and we will mail you an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you can mail checks or money orders (no cash) to AFSP Maryland, PO Box 169, Annapolis, MD 21404.
Activities of Hope and Healing
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.