Event Start Date: 09/12/2020
Event Location: Gunnison, CO
Event End Date: 09/30/2020
Event Start Time: 10:00 am
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Chris Peterson
Contact Phone: 970-209-4188
Contact Email: [email protected]
Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st. Contactless donations are encouraged - donate online today!
While the Gunnison 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.
Out of the Darkness KICK OFF Weekend - Join Us!
When: Saturday, September 12th
Time: 10:00 am MST
What: We'll HEAR from and SEE AFSP supporters from around Colorado (outside of the Denver Metro Area) - share why suicide prevention and awareness are important to all of us.
How: We want to HEAR and SEE you - have the opportunity to be a part of the KICK OFF Weekend by:
Sharing your selfies and video snippets with us by 8.31.2020!
Show us why you are a part of Together to Fight Suicide. Options:
TELL US in a short video snippet (30 seconds or less) about one or more of these questions:
(The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reserves the right to use the images and content shared for AFSP awareness and promotional purposes).
Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to participate), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Colorado and nationally.
There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
If you are a business that would like to support your community by helping save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide, please consider sponsoring the Gunnison Experience. We know that many businesses are struggling because of the pandemic, so we are grateful for any support for this year’s Colorado events. Please make sure to also check out our toolkit for workplaces on how to enhance mental health during uncertain times. Know that we have resources to support you and your staff and that we would be more than happy to schedule a virtual mental health and suicide prevention workshop with your team. To schedule a training, contact us at [email protected].
If you are an employee, let your employer know that you will be participating in the Gunnison Experience and encourage them to form a corporate team. Share the sponsorship packet with them and let them know that we are offering free suicide prevention trainings for workplaces. To schedule a training, contact us 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 09/30/2020 and we will order an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt for you! (Details about October pick-up dates coming soon).
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.