While the Out of the Darkness Walks in Connecticut are 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.
Out of the Darkness Statewide KICK-OFF (Virtual event)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
TIME: 10:00-11:00am EST
Out of the Darkness Woodstock Walk DAY of Event
WHEN: Saturday, September 20th
TIME and LOCATION: TBD
Your choice of joining us in Hamden on 10/4 or Fairfield on 10/25, locations TBD
*Location will offer limited in-person opportunities to pick up t-shirts, honor beads and resources. More details to come.
Out of the Darkness Statewide Closing EXPERIENCE (Virtual event)
WHEN: Saturday, November 7th
TIME: 10:00-11:30am EST
For more information, please contact:
Name: Michelle Peters
Email: [email protected]
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
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:
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 CT Connecticut Chapter at [email protected] for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.
WAIT … ARE WE STILL WALKING TO FIGHT SUICIDE?
YES! The Woodstock Out of the Darkness Experience is a real walk, but on your terms: you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you (within social distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year.
More great reasons to register:
HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPCT.
We will continue to provide additional information about our in-person opportunity and hope you will register and join us this Fall. One thing we do know is that HOPE WILL NOT BE CANCELLED and cannot be POSTPONED! If you have any questions, please reach out to New Hampshire Area Director Michelle Peters at [email protected]
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story!
Raise $150 by 09/20/2020 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.