Rio Grande Valley Experience
Join us on October 17, 2020
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Rio Grande Valley Experience
While the Rio Grande Valley 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.
The Walk is still happening, just in a new and creative way! While we may not be able to gather all together this year, participants and their teams will be safely walking throughout neighborhoods and parks all across our community, in honor of the person(s) for whom they walk and in commemoration of the 2020 RGV Out of the Darkness Experience. This is an opportunity to bring our messages of hope and awareness to the places we call home! We are asking our walkers to engage in an Out of the Darkness activity during National Suicide Prevention Week, September 6th-12th. To make your experience unique, we encourage you to chalk your walk, decorating sidewalks with words of HOPE, or to walk your way, and map out a walk route in your neighborhood. Share your miles walked so we can calculate how many miles we walked together to fight suicide. So wear your OOTD walk t-shirts and beads with prides and share your experiences on our social media outlets like Facebook or Instagram, using our hashtags #TexasTogether and #TogethertoFightSuicide.
We will be mailing Out of the Darkness shirts out to any registered participant raising $150+ the Experience Date of 10/17/2020.
We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone. This is going to be a memorable and ground-breaking year and we hope you'll join us in our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide.
We are always, #TogetherToFightSuicide
Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
NEW MONTH, NEW TEXAS STICKER!
Register for any Texas Experience and link a Facebook Fundraiser to your Out of the Darkness page to receive this #RealConvo Cactus sticker!
Already have a Facebook Fundraiser? Share it to your social media pages and invite your friends to donate!
Not sure how to get started? Watch this tutorial on how to create a Facebook Fundraiser (the right way!):
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Time: All Day
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Melissa Hinojosa-Zamora
Contact Phone: 956-369-7306
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Raise $50+ and get our HOPE Mask; Limited supplies available!
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).
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:
- 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.
- We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
- 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, 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! #OutoftheDarkness
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 #outofthedarkness! 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!
Raise $150 by 10/17/2020 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.
Thank you for your support!