Western Pennsylvania Chapter Virtual Campus Walk

Western Pennsylvania Chapter Virtual Campus Walk

Join us on April 17, 2021

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Event Details

Walk Date: 04/17/2021
Walk Location: Location of your choice!
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jesse Putkoski 
Contact Phone: 412-510-6514 
Contact Email: jputkoski@afsp.org

The safety and well-being of our participants, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. We will be closely monitoring the safety guidelines and regulations given by the school/county/state, and will have an in-person walk and/or smaller in-person events as long as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, as well as your dedication to preventing suicide.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Western Pennsylvania Chapter Virtual Campus Walk  

04/17/2021

 

Help Support the AFSP Mission in Western PA!

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. The Western PA Chapter is able to provide free programs and resources to our community thanks to YOUR contributions!

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

The Western PA Chapter of AFSP serves the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland.

Register and Get Started!

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event.  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).

And don't forget to use the Activity Tracker to be active while FUNdraising!

 

Day of Action - April 17th

Our 2021 Virtual Campus Walk will culminate in a Day of Action on Saturday, April 17th. Stay tuned to this website for more updates!

  • Walk - Make a plan that day to walk in your neighborhood, in a local park, or on your campus. Be sure to wear AFSP gear if you have it!
  • Talk - Share your AFSP story, or reach out to a friend to talk about their mental health.
  • Donate - Ask for pledges as you walk that day. Share your donation page link, livestream, or share photos as you walk!

 

Events leading up to the Western PA Campus Walk

March 26 @ 7 pm - Performance by Flintface! - Join us and the band, Flintface, for a live, virtual performance on March 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Flintface is partnering with AFSP to bring to our students and community members a musical performance combined with a program about self-care and mental health! They have performed all over the country for schools, spreading the message of hope and resiliency. For more information about the band, you can go to http://www.flintface.com/.  You can register for the event here.

March 25 @ 7 pm - Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe. This is a free event. Register HERE!

March 31 @ 3 pm - It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is an AFSP produced documentary conveying that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help. After the documentary we will discuss how to protect your mental health during challenging times. Register HERE!

April 5 @ 7 pm - Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention Register HERE!

April 13 @ 11:30 am - It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health Register HERE!

Bingo Saves Lives!

Here is a fun way to get donations, as well as get people involved with the event - with our AFSP Bingo Saves Lives!  Download the Bingo Card (shown here) and share it with your friends and family!  Add in your personal AFSP fundraising page or Venmo account to receive donations!  Get 4 donations in a row, and receive a free Be the Voice Baseball Tee (pictured below)! 

Once you've collected 4 of the donations, email jputkoski@afsp.org with a picture of your completed Bingo card and your current mailing address to receive your shirt.

*If using Venmo, please provide proof of funds being applied to your fundraising page.

 

Download the Bingo card here!

 

$5K Friday on February 26, 2021

 

On Friday, February 26th, join our $5K Friday Challenge!  This is a one day challenge to raise $5,000 towards the entire event in 24 hours!  The top team will receive a specially designed sticker for each of their team members and the top 3 fundraisers from each team will receive a FREE Be The Voice Baseball Shirt!

Remember, anyone who raises $100 for their personal page will receive an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk Shirt.

 

More events to be announced so stay tuned!

 

Become a Sponsor

Download the Western Pennsylvania Chapter Campus Walk Sponsorship Packet. 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!

Upload agreement and logo online

 
Help Spread the Word!

Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!

Download a Walk Flyer. Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use #HopeWalksHere and #OutoftheDarkness


 
Earn a WPA Campus Walk Shirt!

Raise $100 by 04/17/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-shirt!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk (if happening in person).

Team Donations — Donations can be made to a team, BUT the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising. Any donations made to the team as a whole will not go to any of the team members' individual fundraising totals. 

So please fundraise as an individual by sending friends and family to your personal page, and ask for a team "sponsorship" from local businesses, clubs, etc. and use it as a way to ask for donations during a team fundraising event!

Mental Health Resources for Students

The AFSP-produced film It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced by students, and is intended to be used as part of a school’s educational program to encourage help-seeking.

By featuring real stories and experiences, It’s Real conveys that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help. Contact us to bring It's Real to your campus.

Dealing with the stress and anxiety during COVID may feel overwhelming. You may not have the same feelings as your classmates, coworkers, families, or others in your community, and that's okay because everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. In times of uncertainty, connecting with friends and family can really help in managing feelings of fear and anxiety, and be good for your help. The Seize The Awkward campaign can help you get started in reaching out to a friend about their mental health.

Hope & Healing Resources

If you've lost someone to suicide, you are not alone. Suicide affects millions each year, and thanks to our donors and volunteers—many of whom are loss survivors themselves—we can provide these resources to help you heal.     

A Daughter’s Journey follows Sarah, a young adult, through her story of milestones, family, coping and positive growth after the loss of her father. She shares her story of hope, connection and resilience in the aftermath of a suicide loss. View the documentary trailer and film here.    

Activities of Hope & Healing
A Daughter's Journey

A Daughter’s Journey follows Sarah, a young adult, through her story of milestones, family, coping and positive growth after the loss of her father. She shares her story of hope, connection and resilience in the aftermath of a suicide loss.    

A Daughter’s Journey from AFSP on Vimeo.

Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental health condition can sometimes feel as if no one understands what you are going through. Wearing honor beads the day of the walk is a way to show each other that we are all connected to the cause, and that no one is alone.

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. 

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. 

Beads will not be shipped to individual walkers. We can mail them to teams of 20 or more. For more information, please contact Area Director, Jesse Putkoski at jputkoski@afsp.org.


Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until June 30th.

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

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.