Greater Houston Area Walk

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 Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Greater Houston Area Walk

        

Event Details

Date: 11/06/2021
Location: Town Green Park  2099 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380

          

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kimberlee Moayed - Walk Chair and AFSP Board Member
Contact Phone: 281-704-5097 
Contact Email: kimberleemoayed@gmail.com

*Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and while we remain hopeful that we will 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. 

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.

Walk FAQs

Where do we park?
Walk participants, volunteers and exhibitors may utilize the free parking surrounding Town Green Park.  Parking lot availability is posted on the map. There is NO PARKING at the Public Library or the HEB lot. Free public parking is also located at 9669 Grogan's Mill.  View Map Here

Do we have to check in or register when we arrive?
Pre-registered participants will no longer need to check-in at the walk, so we encourage you to register, invite friends, fundraise, and donate in advance to make your day-of event experience as safe and streamlined as possible. Anyone not registered on walk day, will use onsite QR codes to register using their phone/mobile device. Due to COVID, we will not be utilizing paper walk registrations.

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate. Donations are accepted until December 31st. REGISTER HERE

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official 2021 Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt! In 2020, our chapter provided 60 FREE Community Programs; training over 1,200 people! AFSP's signature program is "Talk Saves Lives" view programs here.

How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Can I bring donations to the walk?
Yes, visit our Donation Drop off Area. We accept checks (Payable to AFSP), Credit Cards or Cash Donations

Can I bring my dog to the walk?
Well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome. There will be a lot of families with children in attendance, please pick up after your pet. 

How long is the walk?
It's a 2 mile loop around the waterway 

How do I set up my personal fundraising page?
If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.

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).

Can I raise money through Facebook?
Yes, but be sure to set up your Facebook Fundraiser through your DonorDrive account after registering for the event. Click here to watch a quick instructional video from our friends at the AFSP North Texas Chapter!

Help Spread the Word! AFSP Southeast Texas

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! After you register, we encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPSETX. Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.

 Post to your Facebook page and add the Greater Houston Out of the Darkness Community Walk link, or the direct link to your fundraising page!   Invite friends to the Facebook event, too! 
 

 Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #TexasTogetherToFightSuicide and #AFSPSETX

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

Registered walkers who raise $150 or more by 11/6/2021 will receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! 

Teams who raise $3,500+by October 27th will get a 10x10 Team Tent on Walk Day!

Teams who raise $2,500+by October 27th will get a Customized Team Sign on Walk Day!

Power Up Breakfast for INDIVIDUALS raising $1,000+
Welcome to the First Annual $1000+ Fundraiser Breakfast. We know every participant is a LIFESAVER, but you went above and beyond to support these efforts and we “thank you”. If you received an invitation, please come in and enjoy! Find the Power Up Tent on walk day!

To celebrate 15 years of Out of the Darkness walks in Texas, every registered walker who raised $25 or more by November 6th can pick up their Texas Together to Fight Suicide Sticker (pictured below) at the Greater Houston Walk

Click here to see more AFSP swag you can earn!

Texas Children's Kids' Zone

​Texas Children's Hospital in The Woodlands  is returning to host our Kids' Zone this year! Be sure to stop by the kids area to to enjoy the following activities:

Community Resources

Gain resources from community partners at the community resource fair. If your organization is interested in having a table at the Greater Houston Out of the Darkness Walk resource fair, please contact us

Activities of Hope and Healing

Memory Wall
Bring a photo of your loved one to put on the memory wall. We ask that you bring a copy instead of an original, as we are not responsible for lost or damaged photos.  

 

Blood Drive benefiting Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Give the gift of Life at our Out of the Darkness Walk. Donors can sign-up at the link below.

https://www.commitforlife.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/340210

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.

 

Special Guest Speakers

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.

**View our Chapter Website**

Thank you for your support!