Hamden/New Haven County Experience

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Hamden/New Haven Experience

While the Out of the Darkness Walks in Connecticut are 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.

Out of the Darkness Hamden/New Haven Experience for Registered Team Captains: 

WHEN: Sunday,October 4th
TIME: 9:00am -11:00pm EST
Where: This event is a drive- through event for all TEAM CAPTAINS who are registered their teams to pick up T-Shirts and goodie bags. TEAM CAPTAINS WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH LOCATION INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO THE EVENT!

BUT, WAIT … ARE WE STILL WALKING TO FIGHT SUICIDE?

YES! The Hamden/ New Haven Out of the Darkness Experience is a real walk, but, because we cannot host a traditional walk as in past years and gather together, this year we encourage you to walk on your terms: you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you (within social distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year. 

PLEASE WALK ANY DAY OF YOUR CHOOSING BEFORE NOVEMBER 7th and send your photos and videos to mpeters@afsp.org so that we can include them in the CLOSING CELEBRATION ZOOM on NOVEMBER 7th. USE the #AFSPCT #OOTDHAMDENNEWHAVEN #CTTOGETHERTOFIGHTSUICIDE

More great reasons to register:

  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
  • Registered walkers who raise $150 will earn a limited, one-time only 2020 Together to Fight Suicide T-shirt. 
  • Access to our Out of the Darkness Chapter E-Vent taking place on November 7th

Out of the Darkness Statewide Closing EXPERIENCE (Virtual event)
WHEN: Saturday, November 7th VIA ZOOM
TIME: 10:00-11:30am EST

For more information, please contact:
Name: Kara Sepulveda/ Caleb Warner
Email: hamdenootd
@gmail.com

 

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

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. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and in-person this fall. Please contact the AFSP Connecticut Chapter at mpeters@afsp.org for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.

 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPCT.

We will continue to provide additional information about our in-person opportunity and hope you will register and join us this Fall. One thing we do know is that HOPE WILL NOT BE CANCELLED and cannot be POSTPONED! If you have any questions, please reach out to New Hampshire Area Director Michelle Peters at mpeters@afsp.org

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

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 10/04/2020 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 Hamden/New Haven Out of the Darkness Experience!