Join us on September 25, 2021
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Erie Walk
Location: Presque Isle State Pk - Rotary Pavilion
Registration: 10:00 am
Program: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Julie Mehlenbacher & Gina Bizzarro (814-504-0175, ginaAFSP@gmail.com)
Contact Phone: 814-230-2455
Contact Email: julieAFSP@gmail.com
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
We are so excited to be able to have this event in-person this year and are so grateful to all of you for your continued support of the Erie Walk! Even though things have had to look a bit different, we have done our best to bring this walk back to the hopeful, healing event that we have seen in years past. We did have to make some changes to accommodate current guidelines, but have done our best to keep the day as close to past events as possible and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the day with those changes. Below, you will find information you will need for walk day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
We will be following CDC and event venue guideline with regard to mask wearing and other restrictions. AFSP will not be verifying vaccination status at the walk. We ask that everyone continue to maintain a 6-foot distance from people outside of their household and to stay home if they are sick or exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 or seasonal flue or have come into contact with anyone exhibiting those symptoms.
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.
2021 Erie Team Challenge
Become a Sponsor
Download the Erie Walk Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, this is the perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits.
Help Spread the Word!
Download the Erie Walk Event Flyer to share in your community. 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. View our event page on Facebook.
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 09/25/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Activities of Hope and Healing
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!