Central Montana Experience

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Welcome to the Central Montana Out of the Darkness Experience

While the Out of the Darkness Walks in Montana 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.

We invite you to join us on Thursday, August 13th for the Kick-Off of the Montana Out of the Darkness Experience. Details will be sent to all registered participants, so be sure to sign up today!

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 join us and show the word the we are #TogetherToFightSuicide!

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In-person Event Details

Event Date: Sunday, September 27th
Event Location: Click HERE for locations to gather beads and resources

Click HERE for additional details of what to expect on event day! 

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Tiffany Sweeney 
Contact Phone: 810-701-5135 
Contact Email: centralmtootd@gmail.com

Upcoming E-vents

Out of the Darkness Experience Closing Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, October 3rd
TIME: 10:00-11:00am MDT

Additional digital opportunities can be found at www.afsp.org/mtexperience

For more information, please contact:
Name: Katie Levine
Phone: 406-531-4728 
Email: klevine@afsp.org

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

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. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and in-person this fall. Please contact the AFSP Montana Chapter at montana@afsp.org 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! Your local Out of the Darkness Walk will still provide opportunities for you to walk the day of your event (within social distancing guidelines)! More information on where you can walk and pick up your Honor Beads coming soon.

More great reasons to register:

  • 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 an exclusive Montana Out of the Darkness Experience sign to print! Personalize it with your name and your reason for walking. #WhyIWalk
  • After the e-vent, you'll get a certificate of achievement to print out and show off!

Help Spread the Word!

We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPMontana and the #OutoftheDarkness Experiences.


  Post to your Facebook page and add the Montana Out of the Darkness Experience link (www.afsp.org/MTExperience) or 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 #TogetherToFightSuicide to your tweets!
 
 

Remember your LinkedIn connections!
 
 
Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #OutoftheDarkness #AFSPMontana and #TogetherToFightSuicide! 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 about why you walk!

Become a Sponsor

With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits!

Contact klevine@afsp.org for more information

Upload agreement and logo online

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by October 3rd and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!

T-shirts will be mailed to qualified participants in October.

Activities of Hope and Healing

Painting for Suicide Prevention
Brush Crazy, 315 Central Ave.  Great Falls
Tuesday, September 8 at 5:00-7:00 p.m.
For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Stop the Stigma: September 21-27
The Central Montana Out of the Darkness Experience is partnering with Stop the Stigma Week this year!  Stop the Stigma is a week-long event that strives to face stigmas associated with addictive disorders and mental health issues. This year, the focus will be on stress, substance abuse, and self-care because in a year that we are all facing a pandemic, we can all relate to learning to address what we facing and how to better care for our whole self.

Click HERE for additional information on Stop the Stigma Week

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. Share your bead color by downloading our honor bead graphics.

 

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.

Volunteer With Us

Want to help plan the Montana Out of the Darkness Experience? Email us at montana@afsp.org to get involved!


When you support the Out of the Darkness Experiences, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Participants and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Thank you for your support!