Tulsa Metro Experience

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/26/2020
Walk Location: 300 Riverwalk Terrace - Jenks, OK
Riverwalk Crossing located at 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Jenks, OK
Check-in/Registration Time: 8:00 am
Walk Program Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 2:00 pm

This event will utilize staggered start times. Please see arrival times for teams below.
Join on Facebook Live throughout the day! 

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Heather B. (# below), Robin H. (539-777-0122), & Jennifer P. (918-269-4966) 
Contact Phone: 949-370-9950 
Contact Email: breakthesilencetulsa@yahoo.com

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

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Tulsa Metro Experience

The 13th annual walk to fight Suicide will be held this Saturday, September 26th at the Riverwalk Crossing located at 300 Riverwalk Terrace, Jenks, OK. You can park anywhere between Los Cabo’s and Gold Suites. We will gather in the main amphitheater located between the Melting pot and Los Cabo’s.

We are extending the time this year to 6 hours, allowing people to come and go as they like and to allow for social distancing. Due to Covid-19, we have adjusted the schedule for teams to start at staggered times. This is a suggested schedule but you are welcome to come at any time and walk at any time with your team!

8:00am: Registration (Teams or Team Leaders with names starting from A to I)
10:00am: Official Start time (Teams or Team Leaders with names starting from J to Q)
11:00am: Hallow Music Playing Live
12:00pm: Special Guest Speakers, Bead Ceremony and Balloon Release
1:00pm: Afternoon Walkers (Teams or Team Leaders with names starting from R to Z)
2:00pm: Closing Ceremony

Why Register?

  • By registering for the Tulsa Out of the Darkness 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 updated and invites to activities and events in the coming weeks, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes. 
  • Individuals who raise $150 or more will be shipped the 2020 Out of the Darkness Shirt 
  • You can connect with our new virtual community by joining the Facebook event page
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 Tulsa Experience! Email breakthesilencetulsa@yahoo.com for more information. 

Join the Tulsa HOPE Hub

Our walks typically provide opportunities to share “Why I Walk” or a message of HOPE.  This year the we are bringing this opportunity to you digitally.  Click HERE to submit a video (30-45 seconds long) or picture with text for why you walk.

Consider a message that speaks to one or more of these three themes:

  • You’ve lost someone and you want to share about them.
  • You have a message of hope to others that have lost loved ones.
  • You have a message of hope for those that struggle or who have survived an attempt.
     
Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you, or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool! Be sure to use the following hashtags when posting: #afspOK #afspTulsa #OutoftheDarkness

     

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

Volunteer with Us! 

Want to help plan the Tulsa Out of the Darkness Experience? Email us at breakthesilencetulsa@yahoo.com to get involved! We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Shout out to this year's Volunteer groups:

Jr. League Tulsa
The Church at BattleCreek
Sonshine Foundation
Team Beauty for Ashes
Mental Health Association Empowered Voices
Team Suicide Prevention
Youth Services

Tulsa Experience FAQ's

Q: When and where is the event taking place?
A: The event will be in person and online this year. We are working hard to plan a meaningful experience and will be sharing more details soon! 

Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: No, there is no registration fee to participate. 

Q: How do I make an offline donation?
A: To send a donation by check, log into your participate hub and download the donation form and send it with your check to the address listed. 

Q: Is there a fundraising minimum?
A: No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official event t-shirt! 

Q: Is the event pet friendly?
A: Yes, friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Please pick up after your furry friends.

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/26/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional donations the day of the Walk.

Activities of Hope and Healing

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.

 

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.

We encourage you to post photos of the loved ones you walk for on the Tulsa HOPE Hub.

In the past, walkers have designed shirts or buttons in honor of their loved ones to wear. You can also bring a letter to your loved one as well as a picture to put on the memory wall. We will have rocks available to paint words of encouragement or a loved one’s name, or favorite quote.

Resource Area

Each year we have different vendors set up tables, for outreach to the community, information and resources. Vendors and volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves during the event. We will also have masks, gloves and hand sanitizer available for all participants.

This year's vendors include:
Empowered Voices

WarHawks PTSD Service Dogs
Team Suicide Prevention
Hope is Oxygen
Light of Hope
Together Just
Celebrate Recovery
The Demand Project
Balcony Women
Defending Dignity
Coffee Bunker
Tristesse Grief Center

If you're looking for AFSP resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.

 

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Tulsa Metro Experience!