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 use our voices and share our stories to provide hope. We invite you to join us on for an Out of the Darkness Experience. We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you, and we will share more details about our exciting plans in the coming weeks. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to sign up and join us here!
We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.
Event Date: 09/12/2020
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Lori Barnard
Contact Phone: 240-674-4538
Contact Email: [email protected]
Registration is free and open to the public. Event donations are accepted until December 31st.
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).
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:
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.
We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
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. 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! The Carroll County Out the Darkness Experience is focused on your self-care and creating your own experience. You get to choose the activity, it can be walking, running, reading or cooking - it is your experience . During September, 12th and 13th you choose what time you start, what you do and who joins you (within safe distancing guidelines)!
Here some recommendations from our Walk Chair Committee:
- Krimgold Park, 5355 Woodbine Road, Woodbine
- Piney Run Lake, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville
Liberty Reservoir, 5685 Oakland Road, Eldersburg
Union Mills , 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster
Hashawa/Bear Branch, 300 John Ewing Road, Westminster
Cape Horn Park Hampstead, 2500 Cape Horn Rd
Little Pipe Creek, Union Bridge
Watkins Park, 615 Center St, Mt.Airy
Wakefield Valley, 1007-1010 Denby Farm Road, Westminster
Carroll County Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony -September 12 from 7 to 9 pm
While we can’t gather for an Out of the Darkness Walk this year, we still want to bring light into the darkness and invite you to the very first Carroll County Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony on September 12 from 7-9 pm at Krimgold Park, Woodbine. For this one evening, we will light up the park with hundreds of luminaries to show you that HOPE IS NOT CANCELLED and that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Whether you lost a loved one to suicide, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, simply care about the cause, we hope you will be a part of this evening.
This is a free event, but you have to register by clicking the Register Now button on the top of the page. If you are already fundraising for any of the other Maryland Out of the Darkness Experiences, we kindly ask you to still register for the Carroll County Experience, so we know how many people to expect. Everyone participating, not just the driver, has to be registered. You can arrive at any time between 7-9 pm. During the ceremony, we ask you to stay in your car at all times and wear a face mask when interacting with event staff. Our event staff is required to wear face masks and protective gear at all times.
We hope you will join us for this special evening.
Walk Chair Lori Barnard-Lowe and her team will decorate some of the luminaries in memory or in honor of loved ones. While you may not be able to see the decorated luminary during the event, our photographer will take photos of them and we will email those pictures to you after the event. All we need from you is your loved one's:
- a picture
- one sentence to describe them (optional)
- your bead color (see chart below)
Please email this information to [email protected] by September 1.
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: [email protected].
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 protected].
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 [email protected]
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.
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
! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in
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.
Thank you for your support!