Walk Date: 10/03/2020
Walk Location: Adado Riverfront Park - Lansing, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Program Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 3:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Stephanie Brookhouse & Liz Baker (517-388-1655)
Contact Phone: 519-927-1327
Contact Email: [email protected]
Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.
This year's walk route is 3 miles in length. It will include part of the Lansing River Trail as well as streets through our capital city.
Friendly dogs are welcome on a leash. Please come prepared to clean up after your pet and be able to provide water and food as necessary.
Become a Sponsor
Download the Lansing Walk Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits!
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
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 by 10/03/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!
Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional donations the day of the Walk.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Registration and Check in begins at 9 AM. Come early or stay later to take part in everything available. Food trucks will also be on site.
Walkers are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one for the remembrance tent. We will also have supplies available to write messages.
Come early (registration begins at 9) to bid on a variety of goods and services. Bidding will close at 11 AM.
AFSP merchandise will be available to purchase. Cash and credit cards accepted.
Help us encourage one another with messages of hope and healing.
Games, coloring and a craft will be available for our younger friends joining us.
We will have a couple of options for crafts that you can make and take with you. We encourage walkers to bring a 4x4 photo of their loved one or a message of hope and strength to be used in the craft area. (Meijer will print actual 4x4 photos.)
Find information about local organizations providing hope and healing.
Beads will be available to represent your connection(s) to the cause. If you are interested in being recognized in this year's honor bead ceremony, please contact us at [email protected].
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 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.