This page is your hub for making the most of your Out of the Darkness experience. This page is your hub for making the most of your Out of the Darkness experience. AFSP plans to return to in-person events in fall 2021. Learn more here.
If you're not registered for an event yet, make sure you register today to stay up to date on the latest news and activities!
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News & Updates:
Out of the Darkness Photo Mosaic
Show how our communities across the country are working #TogetherToFightSuicide by uploading your photos to our digital photo mosaic.
National Suicide Prevention Week
September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW), and our theme for this year is Together, We Can Help #StopSuicide. This campaign is built from the idea that when we make time to stay connected to one another, deepen our conversations, and support each other in help seeking, we are strengthening our mental health and preventing suicide.
Mark your calendars for September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. On this date, AFSP will host its first ever, all-day Facebook Live event from 12pm to 8pm ET on @AFSPnational to bring together our communities across the country (and even world) at one place, one time on our national page.
Learn more at afsp.org/September
Illustrated Social Media Graphics
We've partnered with some incredible illustrators to bring you a selection of graphics that you can use to help spread the word about the Out of the Darkness Walks. Click the images below to download and share to your social networks.
AFSP Brand Tools & Guidelines
If you're looking to create your own graphics or t-shirts to promote your involvement with the walks and the work of AFSP while maintaining our brand consistency, please visit afsp.org/brand to view design guidelines and download resources, including logos.
Create a Graphic to Share Your Story
Visit our Out of the Darkness Experience Social Share page, where you can type a custom message into a graphic and download a share-ready image. You can also download your background without a message and customize on your phone or computer with any stickers, emojis, and images you want to add before sharing.
Facebook Profile Frames
Brand your social media profile with this Together to Fight Suicide overlay frame to promote your community Out of the Darkness Experience! When selecting an image, it is recommended to use one that is zoomed out from the subject in frame. Click to apply the GREEN frame or the BLUE frame to your Facebook profile (frame images below for reference).
Share Your Story on Instagram
Download our Instagram story backgrounds and show your network that you're part of a community working #TogetherToFightSuicide
Have your supporters given you checks made payable to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (or AFSP) to support your fundraising efforts? Download an Offline Donation Form and mail your payment to AFSP, Attn: OOTD Walks, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10038 and it will post to your donation page within 12-18 business days from the date you mail the check. We highly recommend mailing donations in advance of your event to make your Walk experience as safe and seamless as possible.
Share Your Story
Custom Social Share Graphics
Let your friends know you're walking to fight suicide by uploading a photo to one of our Out of the Darkness frames to share on social media. Visit https://afsp.org/ootd-walks-custom-shareable
Upload a photo and create a custom message to create a custom graphic that can be shared on your social pages, fundraising page, emails, texts, and more. Check it out at afsp.org/CommunityCustom
We're excited to announce that you can now earn achievement badges for your personal and team pages for the Out of the Darkness Walks! The following badges are active for all Community Walks:
CLICK HERE for badge descriptions and steps you can take to earn badges on your page.
Click on the menu options below for more tips and resources to help you make the most of your experience.
Losing someone to suicide or living with a mental health condition 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.
The Out of the Darkness Walks are journeys of remembrance and events that unite a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.
Honor Bead Colors:
What's Your Connection?
Download and share your color(s) on social media:
Tell your story safely. Download our Speaking Out About Suicide guide.
Download and customize our Participant Flyers by clicking the images above. Share online, in your office, at school, and around your community (as permitted).
Social Share Graphics and Videos
We've included several social share graphics below that will help you promote your walk and your fundraising team. If you like these, click HERE to view our library of social share graphics or click HERE to create your own custom social share graphics.
Click the images below to download and share.
Offline Donation Form
Anything other than a credit card donation made online (such as checks and money orders mailed to AFSP or handed in at the event) is considered to be an OFFLINE donation. Please use one form for each offline donation, making sure to clearly print your name and walk city/state on the form. Once we receive and process the donation, it will post to your fundraising page. Please allow 10-15 business days from the date you mail the check for it to appear on your fundraising page.
Itemized Donation Form
Use this form to list several donors for one check (great if you've collected cash from multiple supporters and are sending in a check or money order).
Checks should be made payable to AFSP and mailed to:
AFSP, Attn: OOTD Walks, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10038.
Matching gifts are when companies "match" a charitable gift an employee makes. Reach out to your network to let everyone know that they may be able to double their contribution if their employer has a matching gift program. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, click HERE and type their name into the search bar.
AFSP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with primary offices in New York City. All AFSP chapters are considered local offices of the parent organization. Our Federal tax ID # is 13-3393329. AFSP’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 10545. All donations to AFSP are tax deductible.
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