Western New York Chapter Virtual Campus Walk

Join us on April 24, 2021

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Event Details

Walk Date: 04/24/2021
Walk Location: Location of your choice!
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Missy Stolfi 
Contact Phone: 585-202-2783 
Contact Email: mstolfi@afsp.org

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Western New York Chapter Virtual Campus Walk  

04/24/2021

 

Help support the AFSP Mission in Western NY

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 NY 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 NY Chapter of AFSP serves the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Schuyler, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates

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).

Day of Action - April 24th

Our 2021 Virtual Campus Walk will culminate in a Day of Action on Saturday, April 24th. 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!
 
Earn a WNY Campus Walk Shirt

Raise $100 by 04/24/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-shirt! Please note, these are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.

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.

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. If your school/campus would like to request honor beads, please email your Area Director.