Dutchess and Ulster Counties Experience
Join us on September 27, 2020Register Now Donate
Location: Walkway Over the Hudson - Highland, NY
Time:* 9-10: A-F, 10-11: G-L, 11-12: M-R 12-1: S-Z
*Once registered, you will be given a confirmed time for your experience.
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Nicole Bybel
Contact Phone: 845-416-4285
Contact Email: email@example.com
Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Dutchess and Ulster Counties Experience
We will have an in-person walkthrough opportunity on your walk date where you can:
Pick up your walk t-shirt
Get AFSP resources
Participate in the memorial/remembrance activity
Wear your honor beads
View our Lifekeeper Memory Quilts
Get your picture taken in front of our banner
Drop off any donation money
Take a walk on your own
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).
Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines as we map out our options for bringing you an experience of hope and healing this fall.
Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:
- 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.
- We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
- 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.
THINGS WE WILL DO:
Adhere to ALL NYS guidelines.
ALL staff & volunteers will be wearing masks & gloves.
Break the in-person event times up alphabetically (you will be assigned a time).
Have hand sanitizer and masks available.
Have separate entrance and exit paths with social distance markers.
Have volunteers to guide you.
THINGS WE WILL NOT DO (at our in-person event):
Have an opening/closing ceremony.
Start walking at the same time.
Linger at the site.
**We are encouraging team captains to do the pick-ups for their team.
October 24th as a unified community, we will come together virtually,
for a chapter wide event.
This event will include:
Honor Bead Ceremony
2020 Remembrance Video- Request and dedicate a song to your loved one for the Remembrance Video- https://4yourlovedone.attendease.com/
Register by 9/10 and raise $25 by your walk day and receive a car magnet at check-in
Register by 9/10 and raise $50 by your walk day and receive a travel mug at check-in
Individuals who raise $250, will receive a personalized sign in honor or remembrance of your loved one. Your signs will be displayed during our Virtual Event on 10/24. We will make arrangements for you to get the sign after the event.
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.
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 09/27/2020 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 event.
Activities of Hope and Healing
2020 Remembrance Video: Submit a photo of your loved one (you can include anything you want us to know about them): firstname.lastname@example.org , Deadline to Submit: October 8th. Once your photo has been received, you will receive an email confirmation.
Request and dedicate a song to your loved one for the Remembrance Video- https://4yourlovedone.attendease.com/
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 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.