DMHA Virtual Campus Walk

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Dover Mental Health Alliance Rolling Community Event

Event Details

Walk Date: May 15 through June 18
Walk Location: You Choose! *See below for details

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Steve Pappajohn 
Contact Phone: 603-516-8336 
Contact Email: s.pappajohn@dover.nh.gov

The safety and well-being of our participants, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, as well as your dedication to preventing suicide.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

DMHA Virtual Campus Walk  

May 15 through June 18

Welcome to the inaugural Dover Mental Health Alliance Rolling Community Event, in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This month-long event is meant to bring awareness to the fact that we all have a part to play in ending suicide. Whether it be recognizing the signs of someone in emotional distress and knowing what to do to help them or just speaking out about our own mental health challenges and encouraging others to do the same, collectively we must normalize this conversation so people feel empowered to speak up and get the help they need. 

How does the Rolling Community Event Work?
Register to participate between May 15 and June 18. Do an activity that works for you (Hop, skip, run, bike, hike, yoga or jump), while locating all of the DMHA Rolling Community Event checkpoints placed around Dover. There are 20 checkpoints in total.  Track your checkpoint activity on your registration page and earn points for AFSP schwag! 

  • Locate and take selfie at 5 different checkpoints: Track 50 minutes of Activity and earn a small piece of schwag
  • Locate and take selfie at 10 different checkpoints= Track 100 minutes of Activity and earn a better piece of schwag
  • Locate and take a selfie at 15 different checkpoints= Track150 minutes of Activity and earn an even better piece of schwag
  • Locate and take a selfie at 20 different checkpoints= Track 200 minutes of Activity and earn the best piece of schwag plus all the other schwag from the previous point levels.  

Look for these DMHA checkpoints scattered around the city of Dover:

  • Dover Rotary Arts Pavilion
  • Henry Law Park
  • Garrison Tower
  • Dover High School
  • Dover Middle School
  • Keller Williams - 65 Main St.
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Triangle Club
  • Willand Pond
  • Dover Dog Park on Long Hill Rd.
  • Strafford County Superior Court House on County Farm Rd.
  • The Doorway
  • “Welcome to Dover” sign on Route 108
  • “Welcome to Dover” sign on Silver St.
  • Dover City Hall
  • Dover Public Library
  • Jenny Thompson Pool
  • Shaws Lane Fields
  • Dover Housing Authority
  • Dover Police Department

When you locate a checkpoint:

  1. take a selfie with the sign (pictured below)
  2. post to your own social media and
  3. use these hashtags so we can keep track of all the great activity in support of suicide prevention! 
  • #DMHAwalkforhope
  • #DMHAyouarenotalone
  • #DMHAstopsuicide
  • #hopewalkshereNH

Want to do more? Form a team and raise money, in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. When you register for this event, you’ll have the option to raise money as an individual or enlist others to form a team. When you raise over $100, you’ll receive a free AFSP t-shirt and other schwag during the final day of our rolling event. Support the mental health of our community members which include your friends, family members, colleagues and neighbors. It takes a village and by spreading suicide prevention education and awareness, you are doing YOUR part to #DMHAstopsuicide

For more information about the Dover Mental Health Alliance, go to Facebook @DoverMHA

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!

 

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


 
Free Tee!!

Raise $100 by 06/19/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-shirt!

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!

Activities of Hope & Healing

      

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.