Denver Metro Experience

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Drive to Fight Suicide
Out of the Darkness Denver Metro Experience


Together to Promote Mental Health
Together to Prevent Suicide
Together to Honor Yourself & Loved Ones

While the Out of the Darkness Walks in Colorado are going to be different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. Mental Health and suicide prevention are more important than ever. 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.

Although we are not able to gather thousands of people inside of the Coors Field stadium, we are able to be in the mile-long parking lot outside of the stadium. As a result, we’ve been working hard to transition to the Drive to Fight Suicide Denver Metro Experience where we can still connect with you.

We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.

We realize that nothing can substitute the experience of coming together in person, and we need to do that safely.  We invite you to drive through the Denver Metro Experience - entirely from your car.  Think of it like a lazy river with very short stops along the way to bring donations, pick up a t-shirt (if you raise $150 or more), get memory beads, ‘visit’ the resource, memory, & HOPE notes areas, and get a free ‘Bumper Badge’. 

 

09/27/2020
Location: Coors Field Parking Lot - Denver, CO
Drive In Start: 12:00 pm
Drive In Ends: 4:00 pm

IN ORDER FOR THIS EVENT TO TAKE PLACE, PARTICIPANTS MUST REMAIN IN THEIR CAR AT ALL TIMES

Drive through, open house style, hours between 12- 4 pm at Coors Field Parking Lot. Your drive time through the event will depend on how many areas you 'visit' from your car.  

(Please note the event date change - as a result of MLB schedule changes - due to Covid-19)

For more information, please contact:

Lori Harper 
303-819-9889 
afspdmwalk@gmail.com

 

Check out the event flyer here!

Registration for the Drive to Fight Suicide Out of the Darkness Denver Metro Experience is FREE and OPEN to everyone!

Watch the opening program, online - available Sat. 9.26.2020.

Join us Sun. 9.27.2020 and Drive to Fight Suicide from your vehicle at the Coors Field parking lot anytime during the hours of 12-4pm.

 Contactless registration and donations are encouraged -- donate online!

Donations are accepted until December 31st.

 

 
 

Once you’ve registered, set up a Facebook fundraiser
to raise awareness and donations for the event!
Follow these quick and easy steps!

 

Ways to Get Involved


Prior to the Drive to Fight Suicide on Sunday, 9.27.2020, the online  'Opening Program'  will be available here starting on Saturday, September 26th at 10:00am. 

We invite you to JOIN US in the opportunity to be part of the Opening Program!

We want to HEAR from and SEE AFSP Denver Metro Area Supporters - share why suicide awareness and prevention is important to all of us. How? Please share your video snippets and selfies with us by 9.12.2020 HERE.

Show us why you are a part of Together to Fight Suicide:

SHARE:
  • Your favorite image of your loved one lost to suicide
  • ​An image of you holding a picture of who you lost
  • You displaying a message of Hope and Healing OR an AFSP Mental Health Coloring Book page
TELL US in a short video snippet (30 seconds or less) about one or more of these questions:
  • Who You are Fighting for
  • What AFSP Means to You
  • When You Found AFSP
  • Where You Live in CO - Supporting the Cause
  • Why You Fight Suicide
  • How Long You've Been Fighting for the Cause
  • How Much You Plan to Raise to Fight Suicide

Upload your images and short videos HERE.

 

 

 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reserves the right to use the images and content shared for AFSP awareness and promotional purposes.

 

Denver Metro Experience FAQs


When and where is the event?
Sunday, September 27th, Drive through, open house style, hours are 12- 4 pm at Coors Field Parking Lot. Your drive time through the event will depend on how many areas you 'visit' from your car.

 

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.

 

How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official event t-shirt!

 

Are pets allowed?
Sure, as long as they stay in the car with you at all times.

 

Where do I Drive to?
Click here for directions.

Where is registration ?
Registration is online and open through 9.30.2020.  Donation Drop off and T-shirt Pick Up lanes will be available at the Drive to Fight Suicide event in the parking lot (lower northeast side of the stadium). Attendees can get a free a 'Proud Supporter Out of the Darkness' Bumper Badge and Honor Beads.

 

How do I register for the Drive to Fight Suicide?
View a step-by-step registration guide here.

 

 

How You Can Help


Become a Sponsor

Are you looking for a way to show your community and employees that you're committed to their mental health and well-being?  Sponsor the Denver Metro event! Click here to for the 2020 Denver Metro Sponsorship Form. Email afspdmwalk@gmail.com with questions.

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join the event or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

Please be sure to use the following: @AFSPCO #AFSPDenver @ootddenver

 
 
Fundraise Online
 

$150+ - Event t-shirt. Raise $150 by September 27th and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

We really encourage fundraising online, however, additional funds can be turned in at the Donation Drop off/ T-shirt Pick Up lanes on the day of the event.

 
 

 

Day of the Drive: Resources & Activities


Resource Fair

Visit the Resource Fair area with hours (open house style) from 12-4p.

Stop by the AFSP Booth  for   AFSP reference materials and learn how to get involved with the AFSP Colorado Chapter. 

Meet local professionals, counselors, staff & representatives from mental health and suicide prevention organizations and businesses that support the cause. 

 
Hope Notes

Drive through the HOPE NOTES area & share your message that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many resources available to help those who are struggling to cope.  Bring a "Message of HOPE" for you, someone you know, or to provide strength to someone who might be struggling.  Please create your message on a post-it note at home and bring it to us at the event.  (Due to Covid-19 we will not be able to provide supplies this year, however, we can transcribe a note for you if you'd like.  Just let us know when you drive up to this area.) Help us create a "Community of Caring" by sharing that anyone can experience suicidal thoughts and there is HELP, and there is HOPE.

 
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.

 
 
Memory Area

Honor your loved one at the Memory Trees.

Please bring a copy of a picture of your loved one (4" x 6" or smaller) to honor them at the Memory Trees. Pictures will not be returned and may be displayed at future awareness and educational events. (Due to Covid-19 we will not be able to provide supplies this year but will be able to attach your photo to the tree.)

 


 

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Denver Metro Drive to Fight Suicide Experience!