Boston Area Experience
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
Boston Area Experience
While the Boston Area 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.
Location: Legacy Place -or- Parking Lot Near Fenway Park
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
*In an effort to ensure participant safety and to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, we are unable to host a traditional event with hundreds of walkers in attendance. Participants will be assigned a 20 minute block of time to visit one of the sites listed above where they can access resources, collect honor beads and turn in any donations that have been collected offline. This will also be an opportunity for participants raising $150 or more to pick up your 2020 Commemorative T-shirt. Although we cannot "walk" together, we encourage everyone to walk, run, jog, hike or participate in any experience of your choice at a time and location that is convenient for you. You must be pre-registered in order to receive a time slot.
Please note - Walk Site and Times have been emailed to team captains and individual walkers who completed to request form. If you would live to visit in-person tomorrow to pick up honor beads and resources but did not receive confirmation, please send an email to Shamera Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org - or - CLICK HERE to request a time and location.
AFSP Staff is working this week to coordinate the site visit times which will be confirmed with all registered walkers no later than noon on Friday. If have any questions, please contact Area Director Shamera Simpson at email@example.com.
For more information, please contact:
Boston Area Walk Chair: Val Alfeo
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Number: 781-718-1574
This year, we’ve "reinvented" our Boston Area Out of the Darkness Walk into the Out of the Darkness Experience. We need to abide by state and town guidelines, and most communities will not allow a large gathering of people in one site. At AFSP, our primary concern is to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers and staff. While we are all disappointed that we cannot get together in person at Boston Common, we are working very hard to plan alternative options to make October 24th a special day for all Boston event participants.
WAIT … ARE WE STILL WALKING TO FIGHT SUICIDE?
YES! The Boston 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! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year. Plus, we're working on events and plans over the next two months to bring our participants together so you can feel connected with fellow survivors and those with lived experience who all care deeply about suicide prevention. We will do all we can to make YOUR Boston Experience a special and memorable one this year.
And, we're planning a very special online Statewide Event on November 1st to bring everyone together for a Grand Statewide Experience and Celebration. Exciting, right? More to come soon.
Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. We have been closely following the CDC and state and local guidelines. The safety of our walkers, volunteers and staff has been and will continue to be our top priority.
Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:
1. 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.
2. We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
3. While our 2020 events may look a little different than what we’ve come to expect, 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, 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 this fall, if possible. We welcome your ideas for gathering online this fall. We look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.
· All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
· Registered walkers will be emailed updates and invites to e-vents in the upcoming months, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes
· Individuals who raise $150 or more, will be receive our exclusive 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!
HAVING TROUBLE REGISTERING?
Having trouble registering? Click here to view a step-by-step guide. Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event. Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.
If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).
We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide!
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
Become a Walk Sponsor
Download the Boston Area Walk Sponsorship Packet. With 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!
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 the participant hub.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story!
Raise $150 by 10/24/2020 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.
Thank you for your support!