Traverse City/Northern Michigan Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Traverse City/Northern Michigan Walk

  

 

Event Details

Date: 09/18/2021
Location: The Open Space, Traverse City, MI 
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Anne Perry 
Contact Phone: 810-701-7790 
Contact Email: aperry@afsp.org

Join Us Today

We can't wait to walk with you Traverse City!

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 Traverse City/Northern Michigan Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

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.

 

Thank you, Shorts Pull Barn in Elk Rapids for hosting our World Suicide Prevention Day event! 
If you swing in make sure to take a photo with our walk banner, which is hanging up outside!  

 
Volunteer with us!

We are currently looking for people interested in volunteering for the day of the walk!  We have a little bit of something for everyone, and the good news is that you can still participate in the walk! Sign up today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cafab2baafdc70-traverse

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/18/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Activities of Hope and Healing

Memory Area

Bring a photo of you loved one, or leave a note on our memory wall. 

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.

Merchandise

We will have tons of goodies for you at our official AFSP Merchandise tent, with all sales going back to our walk! 

 

Walk Route

Route: The walk leaves the Open Space walking on the sidewalk to the Clinch Park Tunnel going under Grandview Pkwy right on Front St, left on Union St, left on State St, left on Cass St, right on Front St, to the Lake St tunnel walking back on the sidewalk along Grandview Pkwy, ending up back at the Open Space.  

 

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!