Hartford Area Experience
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Welcome to the Hartford Area
Out of the Darkness Experience
While the Out of the Darkness Walks in Connecticut are 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.
Out of the Darkness Statewide Virtual Event SeasonKICK-OFF
WHEN: Tuesday, September 1st
TIME: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Out of the Darkness Hartford Area DAY of Event with Packet Pick up, A brief opening and closing ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, September 26th
TIME: 10:00am -12:00pm EST
Where: Great River Park, East Hartford
*Location will offer limited in-person opportunities by invite only for Team Captains to pick up t-shirts, honor beads and resources. More details to come.
Out of the Darkness Statewide Closing EXPERIENCE (Virtual event)
WHEN: Saturday, November 7th
TIME: 10:00 am - 11:30am EST, Zoom information to follow!
For more information, please contact:
Name: Sherri Brown
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
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. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and in-person this fall. Please contact the AFSP C Connecticut Chapter at email@example.com for more information. 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 Hartford Area 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 social distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year.
More great reasons to register:
- All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
- Registered walkers who raise $150 will earn a limited, one-time only 2020 Together to Fight Suicide T-shirt.
- Access to our Out of the Darkness Chapter E-Vent taking place on November 7th
- Invitations to attend our virtual community events beginning shortly!
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPCT.
We will continue to provide additional information about our in-person opportunity and hope you will register and join us this Fall. One thing we do know is that HOPE WILL NOT BE CANCELLED and cannot be POSTPONED! If you have any questions, please reach out to New Hampshire Area Director Michelle Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide
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!
Raise $150 by 09/26/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
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.