Boston Area Walk

Join us on October 24, 2020

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/24/2020
Walk Location: Boston Common Parkman Bandstand - Boston, MA
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:30 am
Walk Program Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Val Alfeo 
Contact Phone: 781-718-1574 
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.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Boston Area Walk

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.

Outreach to the Commonwealth Amidst COVID-19

Your AFSP MA family is thinking of you and hoping that you are healthy and safe during this challenging time. We are all struggling to cope, understand and live under difficult constraints which affect our mental and physical health. Please know that you are not alone, and AFSP is here to help. Our dedicated Mental Health and COVID-19 page has great resources to help you and your family.

Additionally, your MA Chapter has been very active locally to enhance Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  To learn more, visit MA Chapter COVID Support

New Location for the 2020 Boston Area Walk

  

We’re so excited for your participation in this year’s Boston Area Walk.  We’re celebrating our 14th year and bringing the Walk to a premier location: the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand. Established in 1634, Boston Common is America’s oldest public park. Many historic and life changing events have been held at the Common.  It was from here that three brigades of Redcoats embarked to make the fateful trip to Lexington and Concord in 1775. The Anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies including one led by Martin Luther King, Jr., Pope John Paul II Mass in 1979 were on the Common. In 2020, the Common will host our flagship event, the Boston Area Out of the Darkness Walk!

Our Walks bring hope to survivors, supporters, advocates, individual who struggle with mental illness and depression. People who participate in the Walk find the strength and courage to share stories of their own struggle or loss. Their voices lead the way to change our culture’s approach to mental health. It is an amazing event that brings our communities together to raise voices for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Register, Form a Team and Join us.

Become a Walk Sponsor

Download the Boston Area Walk  Sponsorship PacketWith sponsorship opportunities starting at $500, 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! 

The Fundraising Impact

Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), we recommend each walker set a personal goal to raise $150. Each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs and with last year's Walk fundraising we are able to hold educational programs throughout our communities on suicide prevention, advocate for public policy changes, support and hold survivors of suicide loss day events across the state and contribute to over $4.6 million in much needed scientific research grants awarded by  AFSP on a national level.

There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you’re a team captain, be sure to personalize your page!

Donate to yourself, even if just a modest sum of $20 to show others you are committed to the cause. It’s easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.

Share your page and story with others. It’s OK to ask for donations! And you may have to put out those requests several times- that’s OK too! 

View Photos from 2019 Walk at City Hall Plaza

Help Spread the Word!

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. 

 
  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 walker central

 

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

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 10/24/2020 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

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 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 Boston Area Walk!