Florida Statewide Virtual Campus Walk

Join us on April 24, 2021

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Join us this year for our first ever virtual Florida statewide Out of the Darkness Campus Walk!

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year old’s, but together we can change the conversation about mental health and ultimately save lives.  Our Florida Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is designed to empower young adults to make a difference in the fight to prevent suicide.

Due the safety of our volunteers, staff and walkers, as well as many campuses/schools not allowing any in-person events for the remainder of the school year, we are joining efforts across the state to host a statewide Florida Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, with our Day of Action on Saturday, April 24thAnyone can participate and raise funds to help us further our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Join us whether you are a student (college, high school, middle school), faculty/staff, parents, or a member of the community!  This event is open to all! 

Registration is free and open to the public. 

Stay tuned for more details!

Event Details

Walk Date: 04/24/2021
Walk Location: Location of your choice!
Opening Ceremony: 11:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Sarah Clark & Tara Sullivan (tsullivan@afsp.org) 
Contact Phone: 561-392-7877 
Contact Email: sclark@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

Florida Statewide Virtual Campus Walk  

04/24/2021

 

Register!

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 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!

 

Help Spread the Word!

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

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use #HopeWalksHere and #OutoftheDarkness


Sponsorship
 
You can be an everyday hero in the fight against suicide.  Sponsorships start at $100.  Sponsorships can go towards the event in general, to a team or a specific individual.  Click HERE to download to the sponsorship.  For any questions or additional information, contact Sarah Clark at sclark@afsp.org.
 
Free Tee!!

Raise $100 by 04/24/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-shirt!  ***T-shirts will be shipped directly to you after April 24th.  Please make sure your mailing address is correct when you registered. ***

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!

 
Listen Live

Tune in on April 24th at 11:00 am EST for 2 hours of commercial free music from our sponsors 97x Tampa Bay's New Alternative and  X106.5 Jacksonville's New Alternative as we Walk to Fight Suicide.   

     

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.

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. 


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.