Acadiana Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Acadiana Walk

Join us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide at the Acadiana Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, November 13th! This year, we're offering two options to walk, on the day of the Acadiana 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: 11/13/2021
Location: Youngsville Sports Complex 
Registration:
Event Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Liz Broussard 
Contact Phone: 337-380-8113 
Contact Email: lbroussardafsp@gmail.com

Join Us Today

We're moving forward with plans to host our Out of the Darkness Community Walks in person beginning fall 2021. The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers will be our top priorities as we work with local authorities to make decisions about event details, and we'll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.

Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Acadiana Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

Important Event and Registration Info 

Registration: To keep our volunteers and walkers safe, registration will be online only this yearIf you have pre-registered for the event, you do not need to check-in. Please spread the word and encourage your team members to register online before the event. QR codes will be available for walkers to register the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist walkers as needed. Click here to pre-register for the event

Donations: Please donate online or mail your donations before the walk to AFSP using our offline donation form (download here). Be sure to include the walker and team name.  Donations can be turned in at registration. Donations can also be made online using the QR codes available at the event. Thank you for your support of AFSP Louisiana and our Acadiana Out of the Darkness Walk! 

COVID Safety Guidelines: 

In an effort to keep our community safe, we will be implementing the following COVID-19 safety guidelines: 

  • Maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance between you and individuals outside of your home. 
  • Encouraging the use of masks. Masks will be available at check-in.  
  • Hand sanitizer stations around the event. 

Please participate virtually at home if any of the following apply:  

  • You have been exposed to COVID-19/have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the flu, or has exhibited COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days.
  • You have any COVID-19 symptoms or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or congestion, muscle aches or fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, etc.), or if you're not feeling well.

T-shirts: There's still time to qualify for an event t-shirt! Raise $150 or more by 12/31 and you'll get an official 2021 t-shirt mailed directly to you! Register today and ask 15 friends for $10 or more. To streamline efforts, t-shirts will be mailed directly to for qualifying participants (those who raise $150 or more by 12/31). No t-shirts will be available at the walk. Thank you for your understanding!

What to Bring:  

  • Masks are encouraged.

  • Sunscreen. 

  • Water bottle.

  • Phone.

  • Your leashed pet. 

  • ​Tent and table for your team site! 

Parking and Directions:  

Parking is available at Youngsville Sports Complex (see map below)   Youngsville Sports Complex is located at 801 Savoy Rd., Youngsville, LA. Click here for turn-by-turn directions.

Restrooms:  

  • Restrooms are available at the park. 

Become an Event Sponsor 

You can be an everyday hero in the fight against suicide!  Click here to view our sponsorship opportunities. 

Register Now

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. The global pandemic has impacted the emotional and economic well-being of many individuals and families, and left many of us to manage a variety of emotions, including feelings of uncertainty. We also know increases in suicide are not a foregone conclusion if we act now to mitigate risk and support the mental health of our friends, families, and neighbors. But we need your help. Every dollar you raise through the Out of the Darkness Walks allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide. 

It’s more important than ever for us to stay connected. 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.

Register Today and help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

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 11/13/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! To help streamline efforts, all Walk shirts will be mailed directly to walkers after the walk. No shirts will be available at the walk. Thank you for your understanding! 

Activities of Hope and Healing

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!