Mississippi Gulf Coast Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Mississippi Gulf Coast Walk

Join us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, September 18th! This year, we're offering two options to walk, on the day of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Walk (in-person, as permitted by state and local guidelines on event day) or virtually at a location of your choice (with safe distancing guidelines). Read on for more details!

COVID-19 Update: 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, state AND local guidelines and will continue to share updates in the coming weeks and months.

Event Details

Date: 09/18/2021
Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum 
Registration: 7:30 am
Event Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Theresa Danko / Sherry Sheffield 
Contact Phone: 228-860-6068 
Contact Email: Theresa.Danko_afspMS@outlook.com

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

#TogetherToFightSuicide

Become an Event Sponsor 

You can be a hero in the fight against suicide!  Click here to view our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities. 

Get Registered

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. 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:

  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.

 

Become an Event Sponsor

You can be an everyday hero in the fight against suicide! Click here to view our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities! 

 

About the Walk

The walk begins at the south entrance of the Coliseums parking lot. We will cross over Highway 90 to the boardwalk and walk East on the boardwalk until the boardwalk ends. We will then turn around and walk back to the Coliseum. The total distance is 1.5 miles. (Restroom facilities will be available inside the Coliseum.)

Free parking will be available at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Pets

We welcome your well behaved furry friends. Raise a paw for prevention! Each $10 Paws for Prevention donation supports AFSP's mission and comes with an official AFSP doggy bandana and one ticket for the pet prize giveaway. Ticket's are $1 each or $5 for 6 for those registering your pet or anyone without a furry friend at the Walk. Be sure to visit the Paw for Prevention tent. Raffle numbers will be announced after the Walk. 

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 09/18/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Activities of Hope and Healing

Registration/Check-In

Be sure to check in at the registration table and receive your free raffle ticket. TEN registered participants will receive a goody bag with AFSP swag. Must be present to win. Raffle numbers will be announced after the Walk - hold on to those tickets!

Selfie Contest

Take a selfie and win a prize! During the event only, post a selfie on social media using our Walk hashtag and you could be a winner! The hashtag will be given when you register/check-in at the Walk. Selfies can include teams and the more original the better! Visit the Photo Op tent to use our photo props. The winner will be announced after the Walk. 

Push-up Challenge

Join us in recognizing our Veterans in doing the 22 Kill Push-up Challenge before the Walk begins. Everyone is invited to participate. 

Silent Auction

NEW THIS YEAR - Visit our Silent Auction tent and place your bids!

Tent Decorating

We encourage each team to bring out a decorated Team canopy! Feel free to get creative and make a statement! There will be judging and prizes given away after the Walk. 

Walk Banner

The team who raises the most money will begin the Walk, holding the Mississippi Gulf Coast Out of the Darkness Community Walk banner. This team will be recognized during the opening ceremony. 

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!