Stephens City Experience

Join us on October 10, 2020

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Stephens City Experience

 

Event Details

Date: 10/10/2020
Location: Sherando Park 
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Winter Brooks 
Contact Phone: 540-664-8750 
Contact Email: winterbrooks@comcast.net


We will not be walking as one large group at Sherando High School this year.  Please scroll down for full event schedule, a mix of both in person and online activities.

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

 

Why do you walk?  Add your reason to our Virginia "Why I Walk Wall!"

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WAIT … ARE WE STILL W​ALKING TO FIGHT SUICIDE?

YES! The Stephens City Out of the Darkness Experience is a real walk, but on your terms: you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you (within safe distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year.

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. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and in-person this fall. Please contact the AFSP Virginia Chapter at virginia@afsp.org for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.

Why Register?

  • By registering for the Stephens City Out of the Darkness 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 e-vents in the upcoming months, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes
  • Individuals who raise $150 or more by October 10th will receive our exclusive 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!
  • You can connect with our new virtual community by joining our Participant Facebook Group! You'll meet other participants from across our community.

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.  Question that isn't answered? Reach out to us at virginia@afsp.org.

Schedule of Activities

Ongoing - Hope in the Mailbox

Brighten someone's day by sending them a free postcard.  Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walks bring communities across the country together to fight suicide and deliver hope to all who may be struggling with a mental health condition or loss of a loved one. While there may be some limitations on how we can gather in person this year, we can still send hope and let people know that they are not alone.  Complete the form below and we’ll drop a postcard in the mail to bring a smile to someone's face by letting them know they’re on your mind.  Get started at afsp.org/hopeinthemailbox.
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We will not be walking as one large group at Sherando High School this year.

Saturday October 10th:

  • Online Opening Ceremony 10:15 am (view at link above)
  • T-Shirt (qualified participants) and bead pickup at Sherando Park 12pm - 2pm (located near the pool)
  • Participants are encouraged choose a local location such as Sherando Park to walk together on their own

 

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness #TogetherToFightSuicide


  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  We also invite you to join our Stephens City Participant Facebook Group to receive our newest information and updates.

 
  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 the participant hub.

 

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

 

T-Shirts

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

EXCLUSIVE FOR 2020:  Teams who raised $1,000 prior to our t-shirt print deadline will have their team name appear on the back of our official event T-shirt!  Congratulations to Fishing for Buddy, Team Mason, Team Snapdragon, Lean on Me, Stepping for All, Team Nick, and Blue Butterfly.

 

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!