George Washington University Virtual Campus Walk
Join us on April 17, 2021
Walk Date: 04/17/2021
Walk Location: Location of your choice!
Opening Ceremony: 11:00 am
For more information, please contact:
Walk Chair: Kelly Amador, firstname.lastname@example.org
AFSP National Capital Area Director: Ellen Shannon, email@example.com
Registration closes at 11:45 PM on Saturday, April 17th. Walk donations are accepted until June 30th.
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
George Washington University Virtual Campus Walk
While our Out of the Darkness Campus Walks may look a little different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience.
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!
About Walk Day
The Walk is still happening, just in a new and creative way! While we may not be able to physically gather together this year, participants and their teams will be safely walking in their own communities (neighborhoods, parks, on-campus, etc.) on the same day, at the same time in honor of the person(s) for whom they walk and in commemoration of the 2021 George Washington University Out of the Darkness Walk. This is an opportunity to bring our messages of hope and awareness to the places we call home. So, wear your OOTD walk t-shirts and beads with pride, hold up your signs of hope, and share your experiences on social media using our hashtags #StopSuicideNCAC and #StopSuicideGWU. Also, get your Customizable Campus Walk Social Shares to personalize and add some flare to your posts!
The Opening Ceremony will begin here on afsp.org/GWU 11:00 am. Join us from your computer, tablet, or phone as we remember the impact of suicide, share stories of hope & healing, and take time to recognize all of our wonderful top participants and teams furthering our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
Following the Opening Ceremony, walk and take to social media:
- Post photos and videos of you walking
- Share your story
- Include your fundraising link and ask people to donate
- Use the hashtags #StopSuicideNCAC and #StopSuicideGWU
Looking for Your Walk Day Soundtrack? Check out our "Out of the Darkness" Spotify Playlist
Help Spread the Word!
Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!
Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtags #StopSuicideNCAC and #StopSuicideGWU. 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.
Get your Customizable Campus Walk Social Shares to personalize and add some flare to your posts!
Raise $100 by 04/17/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-shirt! Shirts will be shipped to the address you provide when you register. Walkers who raise $100 after March 28, 2021 may not receive their t-shirts in time for Walk Day on April 17, 2021.
Team Fundraising vs. Individual Fundraising
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!
#StopSuicideNCAC & StopSuicideGWU Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC and #StopSuicideGWU. 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, get your Customizable Campus Walk Social Shares to personalize and add some flare to your posts!
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/GWU in your drawings, so people know to register and support the Walk!
Activities of Hope & 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 George Washington University 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 hashtags #StopSuicideNCAC and #StopSuicideGWU. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow us on social media: 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 $10 gift via this website, and we will create a personalized digital sign for you in honor or remembrance of the person(s) for whom you walk. Your sign will be displayed during the online Opening Ceremony for the George Washington University Out of the Darkness Walk on April 17. Purchase/Production Deadline: April 9, 2021 (to be included in Online Opening Ceremony)
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!
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 beads video.
The Out of the Darkness Walk 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 afsp.org/resources.
Thank You for Your Support!
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.