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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Loudoun Walk
Congratulations to the National Capital Area Chapter, winner of the following 2021 AFSP Chapter Leadership Awards recognizing their 2020 Outstanding Achievements:
Chapter of the Year! Large Market
Outstanding Chapter Public Relations
#8 Top-Fundraising Out of the Darkness Walk: Washington, D.C.
Location: Ida Lee Park
Registration: 12:00 pm
Event Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Brittany Lang & Sarah Kurtz (DeputyChair.LoudounWalk@gmail.com)
Contact Phone: 646-632-5189
Contact Email: Chair.LoudounWalk@gmail.com
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Join Our 2021 Loudoun OOTD Planning Committee! Right now, we are striving to build a dedicated team of volunteers who are passionate about prevention and have a diverse set of talents and areas of interest to plan/coordinate this year’s Walk and make 2021 the best year yet! To learn how you can join our team or volunteer with AFSP-NCAC in another way, please complete the AFSP-NCAC online Volunteer Application.
Attend an AFSP Program or NCAC Event See all our upcoming program presentations and chapter events at afsp.org/NCAC (under the events section).
Interested in Hosting One of AFSP's FREE Evidence-based Educational Programs? We will work with you and your office/organization/community group/etc. to schedule and organize a presentation. To learn more, please contact AFSP-NCAC Education Chair Hannah Menzner at email@example.com.
Survivor Day 2021 Mark your calendar for November 20th as this year's International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (aka Survivor Day). The AFSP-NCAC will be hosting local Survivor Day events throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Please stay tuned for more information to come.
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).
Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and while we remain hopeful that we'll be able to gather in person once again this fall, we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines and will continue to share updates in the coming weeks and months.
Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:
- 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.
- We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
- 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.
Help Spread the Word: #StopSuicideNCAC
Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter. You can also use 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.
Raise $150 by 09/26/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Become a Sponsor!
Download the 2021 Loudoun OOTD Walk Sponsor Packet to learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities. With sponsorship levels starting at just $250, this is a perfect way for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing benefits and the sooner you sponsor, the more benefits you’ll receive!
Sponsor T-Shirt Deadline: August 20, 2021
Overall Sponsor Deadline: September 10, 2021
Sponsorship Questions? Contact NCAC Development Chair Jessica Lincoln at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#StopSuicideNCAC Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow us on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter.
Doodle for Dollars Did you know that doodling is a great exercise for your mind? Create your own original doodle or color in one of AFSP’s Mental Health Coloring Pages and post your masterpiece to social media along with a positive message, the link to your online fundraising page, and #StopSuicideNCAC.
Chalk It Up You never know who will be following in your footsteps... Use chalk to decorate your driveway or the sidewalks in your neighborhood with messages of hope for others to see! Don't forget to include the link afsp.org/Loudoun in your drawings, so people know to register and support the Walk!
Activities of Hope and Healing
Losing someone to suicide or caring for someone struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. The Loudoun Out of the Darkness Walk is a journey of hope and healing that unites our community and acknowledges the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We will have many opportunities and activities for you to share your own story (see AFSP’s Speaking Out About Suicide Recommendations) and honor a loved one all throughout Out of the Darkness season. Some of these will include:
Share Your Story Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow us on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter. Also, don't forget to personalize your team and fundraising pages. This is another great way to let people know why you support suicide prevention and why they should too.
Honor & Remembrance Signs With a $50 gift via this website, receive an 18" x 24" sign in honor or remembrance of the person(s) for whom you walk. Your sign will be displayed on the walk route at the 2021 Loudoun Out of the Darkness Walk and you will be able to take it with you after the event so you may cherish it always. Purchase/Print Deadline: September 10, 2021
Luminaria Display Participants will have an opportunity to create a luminaria in honor or remembrance of the person(s) for whom they walk. We will be displaying these luminarias at a special pre-Walk display event (Date/Location TBD). Please stay tuned for more details on how you will be able to create your luminaria and have it displayed as part of these events.
Digital Quilt Post why you walk, how you're participating in the experience, share your fundraising successes, and participate in the social media activities all on our digital quilt! This is a great way to connect with the AFSP community across our community and beyond!
"I'm Walking For" Buttons So you may personalize your own button and wear it proudly as you walk, we will be giving these away at OOTD participant events throughout Walk Season as well as on Walk Day.
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 walk route is approximately 2.8 miles and is mostly paved and relatively flat. Walkers can absolutely bring strollers on the walk with them as this event is for the whole family. See Loudoun's Walk Route Map
Connect with the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter!
Thanks to the support of our incredible volunteers and supporters, the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) is making a difference in our community year-round through research, education, advocacy, and community support. Check out the NCAC website to learn about our impact and some of the exciting things we are doing throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
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 to Our NCAC Out of the Darkness Presenting Sponsor!
Thank you for your support!