Floyd and Clark Counties Experience

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Floyd and Clark Counties Experience

While the Floyd & Clark Counties 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

Event Details

Walk Date: 10/17/2020

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Michael Day 
Contact Phone: 812-941-2244 
Contact Email: micaday@ius.edu

The Floyd & Clark Counties Walk this year will be anywhere you want it to be! Click here for a list of suggested routes through both counties, but you are encouraged to walk in any local park or neighborhood! Share photos & videos of your walk and your #WhyIWalk stories with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat using #KYOOTD and @KentuckyAFSP! 

All participants who raise $150+ by Saturday, October 17th will receive their 2020 walk shirt in the mail after the event.

Honor bead pickup will be available October 13th and 15th at IUS from 1 PM - 5 PM in University Center Room 207. Masks are required for pickup.

The Kentuckiana Out of the Darkness Experience is a collaboration between the Kentucky and Indiana Chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! The Floyd & Clark Counties Walk and the Carroll County Walk (Kentucky Chapter Events) and the Madison Walk (Indiana Chapter Event) are joining forces to bring you the best online content possible. Join us on Facebook and YouTube on October 17th for our Opening Ceremony, Honor Bead Ceremony, Guest Speakers and more! For more details click here.

We invite you to walk the self-guided routes open in Carroll County, October 17th & 18th, and in Louisville, November 6th - 8th. Thank you for your continued support in the fight to stop suicide!

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?

  • By registering for the Out of the Darkness Floyd & Clark Counties Experience, you join 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.

  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!

  • Registered walkers will be emailed updates and invites to activities/events in the upcoming weeks, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes.

  • Individuals who raise $150 or more, will receive the 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!

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.

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 Floyd and Clark Counties 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. 

 
  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 #KYOOTD! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central

 

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 10/17/2020 and receive the 2020 Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!

Teams who fundraise $1,000+ by August 31st will get their team name on the back of the Floyd & Clark Counties 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 Floyd & Clark Counties Experience! Email mcole@afsp.org for more information. Download the Floyd & Clark Counties sponsorship packet

Activities of Hope and Healing

Digital Quilt

Available to all Kentucky Chapter 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!

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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. We will have an honor bead ceremony take place online this year.

 

The Out of the Darkness Walk 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!