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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Louisville Walk
Will you help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?
The Louisville Out of the Darkness Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience. This is a particularly special year, as we are celebrating our 20th annual event!
By registering for the November 6th walk, you are joining 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.
Every dollar you raise through the Louisville Walk allows AFSP and the Kentucky Chapter to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.
For this special anniversary year, we’re having an all day festival! Join us anytime between 9 AM and 7 PM to walk and engage with us. There will be multiple walk waves with opening ceremonies at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM. There will also be a variety of activities, trainings, and resources throughout the day. See below for details and register for free to stay updated!
Location: Waterfront Park
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm*
*Multiple Walk waves starting at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Samantha MacKenzie & Alisha Ash
Contact Phone: 502-791-5643
Contact Email: LouisvilleOOTD@gmail.com
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
20th Anniversary Activities on the Waterfront
Hope & Healing Activities from 9AM - 6PM
Art & Memorial Activities
Free Prevention Education Programs
Gizmo Read Along at 11 AM
Gizmo's guide to mental health seeks to introduce mental health and wellness to children ages 5-11 and their trusted adult. Gizmo takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth through Gizmo’s friendly messaging by introducing the concept of mental health and healthy coping strategies, defining trusted adults and how to connect with them, and making a personalized mental health plan that can be used daily.
Talk Saves Lives at 1 PM & 5 PM
Talk Saves Lives is AFSP’s standardized, ~45-60 minute education program for ages 18+ that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe.
Intro to Supporting Those at Risk at 3PM
This program is intended for those 18+ who are loved ones, caregivers, and supporters of those with lived experience of suicide attempts and/or ideations. This presentation provides information and resources on how to support someone in your life with lived experience, while also taking care of your own mental health. Stop by the resource fair next door to also get resources from local mental health facilities.
Food & Refreshments
Food trucks will be available throughout the day to purchase food and refreshments. We encourage you to bring blankets, chairs, coolers, and enjoy a picnic on the waterfront while enjoying food from local food trucks!
Limited water bottles will be available for walkers throughout the day.
More Ways to Engage
Photo booth: A photo booth will be available to access throughout the day. Sara Williams Photography will be there taking photos from 12pm - 4pm
REFIT: Join us for a fun dance workout class by the Waterfront stage on the North Great Lawn at 1pm & 3pm
Resource Fair: A variety of resources will be available to pickup from our sponsors and local mental health facilities throughout the day. Hours may vary by facility.
Dine to Donate
October 12th @ Texas Roadhouse: Click here to download your fundraising flyer, show this to your waiter, and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Louisville Walk!
October 17th @ Grassa Gramma: By simply dining out, you can raise money for AFSP's Kentucky chapter. There is no extra cost to you.Just let your waiter know you are dining out for the cause & up to 10% of your check will be donated to the Louisville Walk! Call 502.333.9595 to reserve your table or visit this link to schedule a carryout order: https://www.toasttab.com/grassa-gramma
December 16th: Click here to download your fundraising flyer, show this to your waiter, and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Louisville Walk!
Registration & Fundraising Prizes
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide. Download and print a Walk Flyer to share in your community!
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.
Help us partner with more businesses and groups in the community! Download a sponsor packet to share with your employer or any businesses you may know. Sponsorships start as low as $500. You can also request a custom sponsor packet here.
Digital Memory Quilt
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.