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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Hopkinsville Experience
While the Hopkinsville 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: Rail Trail, North Drive
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Mary Underwood & Valerie Singleton
Contact Phone: 270-889-5576
Contact Email: HopkinsvilleOOTD@gmail.com
A self-guided route will be set up along the Rail Trail starting at North Drive from 1PM-5PM. The opening ceremony, bead ceremony, and more activities will be online on our social media pages and Youtube channel. More details and ways to engage coming soon! Register today to stay updated!
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
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).
The Western Kentucky Experience
The Paducah & Hopkinsville Out of the Darkness Walks are joining forces to bring you the Western Kentucky Out of the Darkness Experience! We will kick off on September 12th and have many ways to participate online and in-person throughout the week. Whether you walk one of our self-guided routes or walk in your own neighborhood, let us know by sharing photos and videos using #KYOOTD and @KentuckyAFSP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t have social media? See the digital quilt section under "Activities of Hope and Healing" below for how to share photos and stories with other walkers throughout Kentucky!
Participate in any of the activities below on social media or on our digital quilt!
Saturday, September 12th Self-guided route kick-off in Paducah – opening ceremony and live videos posted
Sunday, September 13th Self Care Sunday – share your favorite activities for self-care
Monday, September 14th Motivation Monday – we’ll be highlighting our top teams and fundraisers – share what motivates you!
Tuesday, September 15th Tranquil Tuesday – share how you create time and space for tranquility
Wednesday, September 16th Why I Walk Wednesday – share why you walk with a link to your registration page
Thursday, September 17th Talk Saves Thursday – join us for a Talk Saves Lives presentation to learn how to help fight suicide
Friday, September 18th Fundraising Friday – push to reach your fundraising goal today!
Saturday, September 19th Seize the Awkward Saturday – learn more about having a meaningful conversation about mental health
Sunday, September 20 Final day for Paducah route, Honor Bead ceremony, Hopkinsville Route open today, closing remarks
How You Can Help
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use #KYOOTD and tag @KentuckyAFSP in your posts! Download and share the Hopkinsville Experience Flyer or share the graphics on social media below.
Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.
Join our #WhyIWalkWednesday posts by sharing your story here.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story!
Fundraise for a T-Shirt
Although it's free to register and participate, we encourage all of our participants to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and to receive the official walk t-shirt! Raise $150 by 09/20/2020 and receive the 2020 Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Become a Sponsor
Are you looking for a way to show your community and employees that you're committed to their mental health and well-being? Sponsor the Hopkinsville Experience! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Download the Hopkinsville sponsorship packet.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Available to all Kentucky Walkers here. Post why you walk, how you're participating in the experience, share your fundraising successes, and participate in the social media activities all on our digital quilt! This is a great way to connect with the AFSP community across Kentucky!
While our honor bead ceremony will take place online this year, we will still have opportunities for you to get your beads and represent your colors. 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.