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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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story!
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
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.
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.