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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Reno/Sparks Experience
While the Reno-Sparks 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 spring 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
VIRTUAL PROGRAM TO BEGIN AT 9:00 am on Facebook and YouTube
Location: Sparks Marina
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
At this time Sparks City is not approving permits for large gatherings. However, they are working with us to arrange a Honor Bead and Walk Shirt Pickup. We will be hosting a Shirt and Bead Pickup during the above hours. We are asking that anyone who is high risk, to come during the 9:00 –10:00 am hour. Other teams have been scheduled a START Time to minimize crowd size.
Visit this LINK to find your team's designated time. If you are an individual walker, come at anytime between 10 am and 12 pm and you may join a team to take a walk around the Marina. (Form will be updated through 4/17 for new walkers or teams)
We will be masked, gloved and practicing social distancing for safety. If you prefer NOT to get out of your vehicle, we will deliver the items to you in the "round about" at the Marina. After you have picked up your items, you are welcome to take a walk around the marina with your team. Please practice social distancing from those not in your household and adhere to CDC and local health recommendations. We will be in the Gazeebo at the Marina. We know this is not what we had hoped for. Together we made it through 2020 and TOGETHER we will get through 2021. We will be back to our in-person Walks come 2022. We have HOPE in that. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Char Buehrle
Contact Phone: 775-815-2531
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until June 30th.
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).
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.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story!
Raise $150 by 04/17/2021 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. We will be creating a Remembrance Video and featuring our walkers WHY. If you would like to add a submission, visit our form.
If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.