Southern Arizona Experience

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Welcome to the

Arizona Out of the Darkness Experience

(Southern Arizona Experience)

November 14, 2020

WATCH OUR OPENING CEREMONY!

 

We are inviting participants, teams, sponsors, and donors from Flagstaff, Tucson, Sierra Vista, Prescott, Phoenix and across Arizona to rally together in spirit as we take action together on one day in support of Suicide Prevention in Arizona. This year we have re-imagined some of the most special elements of the Out of the Darkness Walk into an experience participants can recreate with their own families and teams on November 14th called the Arizona Out of the Darkness Experience.

While things may look different, 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. As a chapter, we remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.

Why should I register?

When you participate in the Out of the Darkness Experience, 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.

We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you, and we will share more details about our exciting plans in the coming weeks. Registering for the walk is the easiest way to stay  up-to-date with the most current opportunities, information, and resources. Click the Register Now button and show the world that we are always #togethertofightsuicide.

Wait, we're still walking this year?

Yes! While some of the event elements will be virtual, the Arizona Out of the Darkness Experience can still be a walk, just on your terms... you get to choose the course, distance, start time, and who walks with you. We encourage everyone to follow safe distancing guidelines as you participate in a way that feels most comfortable to you. The walking is real, it's the community that is virtual this year. 

So, there's just one Out of the Darkness Event in Arizona this year?

Yes... The Out of the Darkness Experience will be a statewide event on November 14th but there will still be local opportunities to support the Experience that are specific to your walk region. We encourage you to register on the experience page for the walk region closest to where you live (Phoenix, Southern Arizona/Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott, or Sierra Vista.) 

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Gina Gillis 
Contact Phone: 520-370-1212 
Contact Email: SAZ.OOTD@gmail.com


Important Event Information

Quick Links: Sponsors, Community Resource Partners, TeamsUpcoming E-vents, T-shirts & Incentives, Activities of Hope & Healing, Social Media, Contact

Sponsors

Sponsorship is an amazing opportunity for businesses large and small to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive a variety of marketing and publicity benefits. Download Sponsor Packet

Community Resource Partners

Community resources will be able to provide printed collateral this year to include in Team Captain Experience bags. (One piece per team member.)  This is a great opportunity to get information directly into the hands of Team Captains and participants. 

In addition to providing information to be included in the Experience Bags, community resources will be featured in a Community Resource email blast to over 16,000 individuals in our Arizona Database, featured in a Community Resource Post on our Chapter Facebook Page, and linked below.   Download Community Resource Application 

Southern Arizona Area Community Resources: To be added

Teams

Teams play a very important part of our events and we are so grateful for everything you do!

  • Top 5 Teams for each walk region as of October 9th at 11:59 PM PST will be printed on the back of the event t-shirt. Deadline has been EXTENDED to October 16th at 11:59 PM!
  • Top 5 Teams for each walk region as of October 16th at 11:59 PM will be featured in the Arizona Experience Opening Ceremonies. Deadline has been EXTENDED to October 31st at 11:59 PM!
  • Overall top fundraising team in Arizona as of November 6th at 11:59 PM will be invited to film a special message to be posted on Chapter Social Media Page on the experience event day.

Team Captains who have teams who have cumulatively raised $250 are eligible to pick up an Experience Supply Bag with materials to help re-create the Out of the Darkness Experience for their own teams. Bags will include community resource information, sponsor giveaways, beads, honor bibs, and more. (Teams Captains must RSVP to pick up their Experience Bag, and Bags can not be mailed. More information will be emailed to team captains about this incentive.)

Upcoming E-vents

Arizona Out of the Darkness Experience: Sponsor Update
Who: Sponsors and prospective sponsors for this year’s Arizona Experience.
When: Thursday, August 20th
Time: 12:00-1:00pm MST
RSVP: Click here to register!

Arizona Out of the Darkness Experience Kickoff E-vent
Who: Team Captains, Top Fundraisers, and anyone looking to support the Arizona Experience
When: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Time: 6:00 -7:00pm MST
RSVP: Click here to register!

Talk Saves Lives
Who: Anyone interested in learning more about suicide prevention and what you can do to take action! (ages 18+)
When: Thursday, September 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 -1:00pm MST
RSVP: Click here to register!

Talk Saves Lives
Who: Anyone interested in learning more about suicide prevention and what you can do to take action! (ages 18+)
When: Monday, September 21, 2020
Time: 6:30 -7:30pm MST
RSVP: Click here to register!

Talk Saves Lives
Who: Anyone interested in learning more about suicide prevention and what you can do to take action! (ages 18+)
When: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time: 12:30 -1:30pm MST
RSVP: Click here to register!

Team Captain Bag & Supply Pickup Event
Who: Team captains with cumulative fundraising totals of $250+
When: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Reid Park Administration Parking Lot (900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716)  This will be a DRIVE THROUGH event. Please do not leave your car and be prepared to tell volunteers how many of each color bead you want. (If you are not familiar with honor beads, you can find more information here.)

For team captains who have teams that have raised 250+ , please use the Supply Pick-up RSVP Link to let us know what supplies you need. Please submit your request as soon as possible and no later than November 5th. 

Others wishing to pick up supplies are welcome, but we ask that one person per group or family pick up for everyone. 

More events to be posted soon!

T-shirts & Incentives

Raise $150 by November 14th and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt! Eligible team captains will be able to pick up shirts for qualifying participants on their team at the team captain experience bag pick-up event. Additional shirts will be mailed directly to participants.

More to come!

Activities of Hope & Healing

Opening Ceremony #KeepGoing Photo Submission

Submit your photo to be included in the opening ceremony to encourage Arizona to #KeepGoing! Photo may be of you or your team/group and the hashtag #KeepGoing. This is an opportunity to be creative! Create a sign, spell it in the sand, write it in chalk… we just want to get the #KeepGoing message out  to everyone in Arizona. Photos must be received by October 15th to guarantee inclusion. (This is not a memorial slideshow. Photos should be of individuals who are participating in the Arizona Out of the Darkness Experience. Memorial Photo Submission can be found below.)

Click HERE for link to submission form.

Memorial Slide Show Photo Submission

Memorial slide show will be released on November 14 and published on event pages as well as social media. Photos of loved ones lost should be submitted no later than October 30th to guarantee inclusion.

Click HERE for link to submission form.

Spread the Word on Social Media

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness, #TogetherToFightSuicide, and #OOTDArizonaExperience

  • Follow the Arizona Chapter on Facebook AND don't forget to link your donordrive page to your personal fundraising page.
  • Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add our tags 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

Volunteer Opportunity: We're looking for Volunteers to act as Virtual Voices for our Arizona Experience and help us get the word out far and wide across social media. We'll provide you all of the details, resources and tools to help tell your story and promote the event on social media. We need your unique voice to help inspire your networks (and your networks networks) to take action and join the fight. For more information, please email afspaz.volunteer@gmail.com. 

Click HERE to view our Virtual Voices introduction webinar! (Password: 56SPtS$v)

Upcoming Social Media Challenges

 

Thank you for your support! 

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.