Sarasota Experience

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Sarasota Experience

While the Sarasota 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 on 11/15/2020 for the Southwest Florida 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: 11/15/2020
Location: Online 
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ashley Bloom 
Contact Phone: 941-961-7109 
Contact Email: SarasotaOOTDWalk@gmail.com

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

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.

Experience Details

We encourage you to walk to fight suicide with friends and family (following CDC guidelines) any time and any place across Southwest Florida. Or choose any activity that makes you feel good – it is YOUR Experience!  During your walk, be sure to wear your AFSP gear and display your honor beads with pride. Don’t forget to share your experiences on social media using our hashtag #SWFLExperience!

Online Ceremony

The opening ceremony will stream live to this event page, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on November 15th at 10:00am.  The video will be up for viewing with your team at your convenience. 

Drive- Thru Packet Pick Up


On the Sunday, November 15th we will have drive-thru locations for Individual and Team Captains to pick up their Southwest Florida Out of the Darkness Experience Packets.


Packets will include:
o AFSP Honor Beads
o T-shirts for Individuals who have raised $150 or more
o “I’m Walking For” Bibs and Buttons”
o Printed AFSP Materials

Team Captain and Individual Packet Pick Up Times will run from 10am - 1pm.

YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP IN ADVANCE TO PICK UP YOUR PACKET

• Our packet pick up form by Noon on 11/13/2020
• Team Captains will pick up materials for Team Members for distribution
• Face Masks are required at all Packet Pick Up Locations
• Remain in your car for the packet pick up
• No Parking, Pick Up locations are for packet distribution only

We must adhere to physical distancing guidelines mandated by state and local governments.

Click here to fill out the packet pick up form. 

**Pick up times will be assigned to insure traffic flow and safety is maintained. 

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness #TogehterToFightSuicide #SWFLAFSP #SWFLOutOfDarkness


  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 11/15/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

 

Online Silent Auction

Our Southwest Florida Out of the Darkness Experience Virtual Silent Auction starts on Thursday, November 5th 12:00 PM EST! Each day at 12:00 PM, we will release a new silent auction item with all proceeds to benefit the AFSP Southwest Florida Chapter! We have some amazing auction packages, and we thank you for bidding to support the fight against suicide! Virtual Silent Auction On Facebook 

 

Activities of Hope and Healing

Digital Honor Wall

Share a picture of your loved one or why you walk. Click here to submit pictures to be included in the AFSP Southwest Florida Chapter's 2020 Out of the Darkness Online Ceremony. 

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!