Lawrence County Experience
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Lawrence County Experience
If you are having trouble viewing the ceremony here, you can view it live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fireside.events
While the Lawrence County 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.
This year, due to social distancing and safety guidelines, we will not be hosting an in-person walk at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre on September 26th. However, we are launching our Lawrence County Out of the Darkness Experience! We invite you to join us this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience, which will include an online ceremony on September 26th. 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. Those details will be sent out via email and will also be provided in the information below.
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: Online - Details TBA
Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Michele Kelly-Thompson
Contact Phone: 724-510-3271
Contact Email: email@example.com
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
2020 Lawrence County Out of the Darkness Experience
Suicide Awareness Month Window Decorating Project
In honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Lawrence County Suicide Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a window decorating project in conjunction with this year's AFSP Out of the Darkness Experience. Teams that are registered for the experience can sign up to decorate a window in Lawrence County. Teams will be partnered with a Lawrence County business and will design and create a window display at the physical location of their business partner. For questions, please contact Tonya at 724-531-6614 and email pictures of your window to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the flyer below for the guidelines!
Download the Window Decorating Flyer.
Free Online Talk Saves Lives Presentations
Join us for Talk Saves Lives presentations for the Lawrence County Out of the Darkness Experience hosted by AFSP Western PA and the Lawrence County Suicide Prevention Coalition! These are free online presentations of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) program "Talk Saves Live: A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention." This is an Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. These will be taking place on three different dates throughout the month of September:
- September 8, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Click here to register
- September 21, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Click here to register
- September 28, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Click here to register
Be a Part of the Online Ceremony on September 26th!
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).
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
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 09/26/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
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 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.