St. Louis Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness St. Louis Walk

Event Details

Date: 09/26/2021
Location: Creve Coeur Lake Park, Tremayne Pavilion 
Registration: 8:00 am
Event Time: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Phyllis Blackwelder 
Contact Phone: 314-703-1600 
Contact Email: pblackwelder@afsp.org

Join Us Today

We're moving forward with plans to host our Out of the Darkness Community Walks in person beginning fall 2021. The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers will be our top priorities as we work with local authorities to make decisions about event details, and we'll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.

Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the St. Louis Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

Walk Route

The Walk is 3.8 miles on a paved path and has water stations along the route.  

CLICK HERE for the Walk Map.

 

Register Now

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).

Why Register?

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. The global pandemic has impacted the emotional and economic well-being of many individuals and families, and left many of us to manage a variety of emotions, including feelings of uncertainty. We also know increases in suicide are not a foregone conclusion if we act now to mitigate risk and support the mental health of our friends, families, and neighbors. But we need your help. Every dollar you raise through the Out of the Darkness Walks allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide. 

It’s more important than ever for us to stay connected. Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:

  1. 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.
  2. We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  3. 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.

Register Today and help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Early Team Check-In

Team Captains:

To avoid possible long lines on Walk day, team captains are invited to Creve Coeur Park (same location as event site) to check in their team on Friday, Sept. 24, 4-7 pm. 

Team captains will receive any t-shirts earned by walkers on the team. Also, they will be able to turn in any additional donations.  

Save a Penny Save a Life

Kids are the future, so let's get them involved! 

All kids (age 11 and younger) can raise funds for our Out of the Darkness Walk! 

Click on this logo to print out a larger version and attach it to a change container. Each child can bring their change to the walk and have it counted! The most raised will get a prize at the walk and all kids will be recognized for their fundraising efforts!

Help Spread the Word!

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


  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.  One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story.

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/26/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Activities of Hope and Healing

"Why We Walk" Photo Board

Send your loved one's photo for our "Why We Walk" Photo Board.

Every year, at our AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk, we have photographs of our loved ones on display. Because our walk attendance has grown (and keeps growing each year), if I have created a poster for your loved one for a previous walk, please let me know that you would like it used again. I will not be redesigning past posters/collages. If you are new to the walk and would like to have a photograph of your loved one at this year’s walk, please email a photo and put "Walk Photo" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the person's name, and any brief message you'd like displayed with the photo to:  afspwalkpics@gmail.com

Photo file type should be jpeg and a high enough resolution that it can be enlarged to 8x10 without getting grainy. If you would like, you can send more than one photo, and I will design a collage. Because of space limitations, each loved one will have only one poster/collage. 

When you send your photo, you will receive a reply from me stating that I received it. If you don't receive a reply within 3 days, please resend. Deadline to submit photo(s) is Sept. 19, 2021, but earlier is always appreciated!

You are always welcome to bring your own photo, but please limit it to one, and no larger than 8.5x11.

Lifekeepers Memory Quilts

You will have the opportunity at the walk to have your loved one’s photo/poster made into a permanent fabric square on our memory quilt. Just look for the display of our current Memory Quilts and we'll have a table nearby. For a $5.00 fee to offset the costs, you can reserve a spot on our next quilt for your loved one and all the work will be done for you. For more info on our quilt program, click here.

Honor Beads

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!