Suffolk Experience

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Suffolk Experience

While the Suffolk 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.

We invite you to join us this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience. 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.

We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to sign up and join us here!

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Date: 09/26/2020

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Robert Avila 
Contact Phone: 757-822-9860 
Contact Email: robavila_suffolkootd@outlook.com

Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

We will not gather and walk at the park in one large group this year.  Please scroll down for Saturday's schedule of activities.

 

Why do you walk?  Share your reason on our Virginia "Why I Walk" Wall!

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Get Registered

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account.  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).

Why Register?

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:

  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. 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, if possible. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and/or in-person this fall. Please contact your local chapter for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.

Schedule of Activities

Ongoing - Hope in the Mailbox

Brighten someone's day by sending them a free postcard.  Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walks bring communities across the country together to fight suicide and deliver hope to all who may be struggling with a mental health condition or loss of a loved one. While there may be some limitations on how we can gather in person this year, we can still send hope and let people know that they are not alone.  Complete the form below and we’ll drop a postcard in the mail to bring a smile to someone's face by letting them know they’re on your mind.  Get started at afsp.org/hopeinthemailbox.

Ongoing September 1st - 30th - Facebook for a Face Mask Challenge

Registered participants who set up a Facebook fundraiser THROUGH THEIR EXPERIENCE PARTICIPANT PAGE (cannot be set up directly on Facebook) that raises at least $50 will receive our AFSP Virginia face mask, featuring our HOPE logo. Mask is navy with white print. See your email and our social media for details.

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September 24, 2020: Goody Bag Pickup

Event Leadership (Rob Avila) will be out at Bennett's Creek Park from 5:30 pm - 7 pm on Thursday to pass out Goody Bags created by our sponsors.  


September 26, 2020:  Suffolk Out of the Darkness Experience

Our event will look very different this year, and we look forward to having you be a part of it!  Our schedule for the day is as follows:

8:00  Online Streaming Opening Ceremony

  • ​​​8:00 Online Streaming Opening Ceremony
    • Message from Suffolk Experience Chair, Rob Avila
    • Message from AFSP CEO, Bob Gebbia
    • Message from AFSP Chief Medical Officer, Christine Moutier
    • Tolling the Names
    • Bead Ceremony
    • Pre-walk remarks

 

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM T-shirt Pickup
    • Bennett's Creek Park
    • For qualified participants who have individually raised $150 or more by 9/26

 

  • 10:00 AM  Commence Walks all across our community, location of your choice (we will not gather at the park as one large group)
    • Take Videos and Photos
    • Share on Social Media with #TogetherToFightSuicide, #OutoftheDarkness, and #SuffolkStrongerTogether
    • Share photos and videos in our event Facebook Group

 

  • 11:00 AM  Closing Remarks Online from Suffolk Experience Chair, Robert Avila


Sponsorship Opportunities

VIEW OUR 2020 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES


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!

 

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/26/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! 

 

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 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!