Metro Detroit Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Metro Detroit Walk

Event Details

Date: 10/16/2021
Location: Downtown Ferndale, Ferndale, MI 
Registration: 8:00 am
Event Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Sarah Schang 
Contact Phone: 248-880-5427 
Contact Email: MetroDetroit@afsp.org

The event will be on 9 Mile Rd, just east of Woodward! You can't miss us! 

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 Metro Detroit 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.

More on Registration~

While walk-up registration is still an option, we HIGHLY recommend that you pre-register online.  This will allow you plenty of time to share your story and will also work to ease congestion and the overall registration process the day of the event!

We also suggest that all donations are made online, rather than being turned in on walk day (however this is still an option).  Again, this is to streamline the process.

NEW THIS YEAR- If you do not have any donations to turn in, and you are not collecting a T-Shirt, you no longer need to check in at our registration tent!  Just show up, and enjoy your time! 

*Please note that all participants over the age of 13 must be registered!

We recognize that just because we have returned to in-person walks, some of you may still not be comfortable or are unable to join us in this way.  We want to make sure that you know that there is still a place for you in our Out of the Darkness Community.  Simply register for the walk as usual and then plan to join us virtually on event day!  You can walk around your neighborhood, at a favorite park, anywhere!  Then make sure to share your pics (and tag us @afspmichigan)!

No matter how you choose to participate in our walk, you are not alone!

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.

 

    

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! We're THRILLED to announce our emcee and special guest for our walk this year! Stone Temple Pilots Lead Singer Jeff Gutt will be joining us, and our event will be emceed by Fox 2's Amy Andrews! We're so grateful to Jeff and Amy for their support!

 

  
Fun for the whole family!

We have some pre-ceremony fun in store for you this year!  Join us on the main stage, for Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health read along at 9am!  Then come on back at 9:30am for some light yoga, to get us limber and ready for the walk! 

 

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/904094aa9a728a2fb6-2021

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 10/16/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Please note that shirts will be mailed directly to walkers who hit $150+ by walk day, this year.  Shirts will not be available for pick up on event day.

GET YOUR TEAM NAME LISTED ON OUR OFFICIAL EVENT SHIRT

This year only, the top 5 teams (as of walk day) will be listed on the a back of our shirts! 

 

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.

 
Memory Area

Send us your photo (to: metrodetroit@afsp.org) by 10/13/2021 to be displayed in the memory area or bring your own to be hung up and displayed. Please note, you must pick up your photos by the end of the event if you wish to take them home. Photos not picked up at the end of the event will be discarded.

Hope Area

Leave a message of hope for those who are still here fighting everyday, on our new, custom made HOPE sign!

 

Community Resources

Make sure to stop by our Resource & Wellness Area, where we will have information from local organizations.  There will be tons of great information here for you! 

 

Merchandise

We will have plenty of AFSP goodies for sale at our official AFSP Merchandise Tent, with all proceeds going directly back to our walk! Make sure to stop by!  Cash and credit cards accepted. 

 

   

 
Kids Care Zone

We will have plenty of FREE family friendly activities, including resources for parents and fun for the kiddos! Thank you Susie Q's Kids for sponsoring this year's Kids Care Zone! https://susieqskids.org/

 

Paws for Prevention

Our four legged friends can be serious about prevention too!  Friendly leashed dogs are welcome at our walk!  Make sure to swing by our Paws for Prevention area, where for $10 you will receive an AFSP dog bandanna and be entered to win a basket filled with goodies, worth over $100! 

 

Walk Route

Our walk route is approximately 5k (3 miles), winding through the beautiful neighborhoods of Ferndale east of Woodward.  This route is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Please note that participation in the walk itself, is optional. If you would prefer to stay back we will have plenty of activities to keep you busy!

 

Parking

Public Parking

Closest Lots to Event Location

Lots 7 and 8: South side of W Troy St., Between Woodward and Allen St.

Lot 9: South side of E. Troy St., just east of Woodward

Lot 15: South side of E. Breckenridge St. between Woodward & Bermuda St

The Dot Parking Garage: Corner of West Troy & Allen St. (Next ts 7 & 8)

Please note, lots 10 and 13 will be unavailable.

To park & pay, you can either download the ParkFerndale mobile app or find a paystation. More parking information can be found on the ParkFerndale website by following the links below.

How to Park & Pay: https://www.parkferndale.com/resources/visitors-downtown-parking

Parking FAQ’s: https://www.parkferndale.com/faqs

 

Public Transit

The closest bus stop location is the Woodward & 9 Mile stop. For more public transit information, including routes and stops, please visit www.ferndaletransitguide.weebly.com or check out the TransitApp on your mobile device.

 

Join us the day after the walk, on 10/17 for our Semicolon Tattoo Fundraiser, with our friends at 9 Lives, in Ferndale!  https://9livestattoos.com/
More details coming soon!

 

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!