Mohawk Valley Experience

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Mohawk Valley Experience

While the Mohawk Valley 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 are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Walk Date: 10/03/2020
Walk Location: Online 

We had a drive thru at Catholic Charities on 9/29 to pick up Honor Beads and resources. If you need  AFSP resources, please contact Karen at kheisig@afsp.org. 

T-shirts for those who raise $150 or more will be mailed directly to recipients in October. Luminaria will also be mailed to anyone who reserved them and made a donation to purchase them.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Amy Fahey & Jessica Carpenter (315-744-4717) 
Contact Phone: 315-985-1807 
Contact Email: mohawk.valley.walk@gmail.com

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

So where does the walking part come in?

Great question and we are so glad you asked!

On our scheduled event day of October 3rd, we ask that you wear your Honor Beads and take a walk in a location of your choice with friends and family. Your Walk. Your Way. Together to fight suicide. Please take photos and tag us on social media using #CNYtogetherMV and watch our Opening Ceremony on our Chapter Facebook page at 10:00 am. 

You are also invited to join the Western, Central, and South Central Chapters for an event unlike any other we've had on October 17th! It will be a Day of HOPE and Remembrance and we want everyone to be part of it. We will have meaningful activities the week leading up to the Chapter wide event so stay tuned and keep reading to find out how you can submit your photos, make a donation for a Luminaria to light up the night, and more!

Share why you walk.

Simply click on the + in the bottom right corner and once approved, your picture will be added to our Wall of Hope and Remembrance!

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  • Week of Hope Online Activities: 10/12/20 - 10/16/20
  • "Talk Saves Lives" free virtual program, 10/13 at 7:00 pm (register here)
  • Chapter Wide Day of HOPE and Remembrance: 10/17/20
  • Online Program: 10/17/20 from 10 am - 11 pm 

Please Help Spread the Word and Raise Awareness

We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPCentralNY with your family and friends. Give them the opportunity to support you. You can post the Mohawk Valley Out of the Darkness Experience link www.afsp.org/mohawkvalley) to your Facebook page or start a Facebook Fundraiser right from your registration page! Need help? Visit walker central for tips and tools. Follow us on Instagram and share your photos using  #OutoftheDarkness #TogetherToFightSuicide. 

    

How do I raise funds?

Ask. We recognize that these are challenging times but there are many people who are willing and able to support your efforts to Be The Voice for suicide prevention. After all, suicide prevention is everyone's business and we all feel good when we contribute to the greater good of others. Here are some simple tips to help you raise $200:

  • Put in your own $20 contribution
  • Ask your significant other for $20
  • Ask your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, or other family member for $20
  • Ask a friend for $20 
  • Ask your supervisor for $20 (and let them know we'd love to do a free Talk Saves Lives program for staff!)
  • Ask 4 co-workers to give you $5 each
  • Ask 2 neighbors for $10 each
  • Ask a local business owner you support for $20
  • Ask neighbors if they'll donate their cans and bottles (400=$20)
  • Ask just one more friend or family member for $20

Need more ideas? Be sure to visit the Fundraising Tips and Tools tab under "Make an Impact"


 
T-SHIRTS

Raise $150 by 10/03/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk Experience T-shirt! T-shirts will be sent directly to you this year via mail.

(We have extended the date to qualify for a 2020 Out of the Darkness T-shirt to 10/10/20!)


Activities of Hope and Healing

Submit your photo for the Chapter Wide online event sharing why you walk here.

Click here to get a beautiful luminaria to light up the night on October 17th 

Pick up your Honor Beads on 9/29 at Catholic Charities

What are 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.

Save the date! November 21, 2020 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.

The Out of the Darkness Walk 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 Mohawk Valley Experience!