Greater Shenandoah Valley Experience

Join us on October 10, 2020

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Greater Shenandoah Valley Experience

 

Event Details

Date: 10/10/2020 - 10/11/2020
Location: Gypsy Hill Park 
Time: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Markita Madden-Puckett 
Contact Phone: 540-209-1675 
Contact Email: mdmpuck@gmail.com

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

 

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

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WAIT … ARE WE STILL W​ALKING TO FIGHT SUICIDE?

YES! The Greater Shenandoah Valley Out of the Darkness Experience is a real walk, but on your terms: you get to choose your own course within the park, what day and time you start, and who walks next to you (within safe distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year.

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 Virginia Chapter at virginia@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.

Why Register?

  • By registering for the Greater Shenandoah Valley Out of the Darkness Experience, you join 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.
  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
  • Registered walkers will be emailed updates and invites to e-vents in the upcoming months, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes
  • Individuals who raise $150 or more by October 10th will receive our exclusive 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!
  • You can connect with our new virtual community by joining our Participant Facebook Group! You'll meet other participants from across the valley.

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.  Question that isn't answered? Reach out to us at virginia@afsp.org.

Schedule of Activities

Stay tuned for detailed information on upcoming activities.  We look forward to sharing many ways you can participate, both online and in person.  We are excited to share the following ways to participate with you.  Watch your email and social media for details on these and more experiences as our plans continue to develop.

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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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Stay tuned for detailed information on additional upcoming activities. We look forward to sharing many ways you can participate this Fall, both online and in person.  We are excited to be expanding our event format into a weekend-long event to allow our participants to participate safely while still connecting with one another and our cause.  Watch your email and social media for details on how and when you can join in.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

VIEW OUR 2020 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
 

Help Spread the Word!

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


  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  We also invite you to join our Greater Shenandoah Valley Participant Facebook Group to be able to receive new information and updates.

 
  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness and #TogetherToFightSuiide 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 10/10/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

EXCLUSIVE FOR 2020:  Teams who raised $1,000 prior to our print deadline will have their team name appear on the back of our official event T-shirt!  Congratulations to Team Molly, Team Zachary, JMU Dukes Let's Talk, The ACSO Enforcers, Korey's Voice, and Team David Christopher.

 

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!