While the Merrimack Valley 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
Location: DCR Vandenberg Esplanade
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Francis Gonzalez
Contact Phone: 978-569-5978
Contact Email: [email protected]
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Outreach to the Community 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
Merrimack Valley Walk Committee Volunteers Needed
Could you share your time and talents with us? We need YOUR help to plan this year’s Merrimack Valley Walk. If you are interested in learning more, please visit Volunteer Opportunities and complete the form so we can connect with you.
Become a Sponsor
Download the Merrimack Valley 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!
The Fundraising Impact
Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), we recommend each walker set a personal goal to raise $150. Each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs and with last year's Walk fundraising we are able to hold educational programs throughout our communities on suicide prevention, advocate for public policy changes, support and hold survivors of suicide loss day events across the state and contribute to over $4.6 million in much needed scientific research grants awarded by AFSP on a national level.
There are 3 small quick you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you’re a team captain, be sure to personalize your page!
Donate to yourself, even if just a modest sum of $20 to show others you are committed to the cause. It’s easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
Share your page and story with others. It’s OK to ask for donations! And you may have to put out those requests several times- that’s OK too! Post on social media or send personal emails. People will support you if you ask.
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
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 10/03/2020 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
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.