Tri-Parish Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Tri-Parish Walk

 

Important Message about the Tri-Parish Walk 

We hope you and your families are safe and well right now in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. We know the past several weeks have been incredibly difficult for our volunteers and supporters in South Louisiana. As we continue to recover in the weeks and months ahead, we know you may be feeling overwhelmed and in need of support. We encourage you to reach out to SAMSHA’s Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or visit the State of Louisiana’s Hurricane Ida Recovery and Information website.

Given the extensive damage to the Houma/Thibodaux area, the St. Mary Parish and Bayou Region Walk Committees have made the decision to combine forces to host one event. The combined Tri-Parish event will take place on Saturday, October 16th, at the Bayou Vista Community Center (1333 Bellview St.) in Morgan City (click here for turn-by-turn directions). We sincerely appreciate your understanding as we work to create a safe and meaningful event for everyone. All funds – including team fundraising and event sponsorships – will transfer over to the new Tri-Parish walk website. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Meghan Goldbeck at mgoldbeck@afsp.org or 504-220-6100.

Thank you for all you do for AFSP Louisiana and the Out of the Darkness Walks. We are so grateful for your steadfast support, especially during an incredibly challenging time. Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide. If you are able to join us, we hope to see you at our Tri-Parish walk on Saturday, October 16th in Morgan City.

With Hope,

Tyler Rousseau, Event Co-Chair
Janet Louviere-Aucion, Event Co-Chair
Racquel Parfait, Event Co-Chair
Meghan Goldbeck, Area Director, AFSP Louisiana and Mississippi Chapters

Event Details

Date: 10/16/2021
Location: Bayou Vista Community Center  1333 Bellview St., Morgan City, LA 
*Registration is near the splash pad off of Bellview St.
Registration: 8:00 am
Event Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Tyler Rousseau 
Contact Phone: 985-413-2014 
Contact Email: tyeeraee93@gmail.com

 

Join us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide at the Tri-Parish Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, October 16th at Bayou Vista Community Center in Morgan City! This year, we're offering two options to walk, on the day of the Tri-Parish 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.

Location, Parking, and Walk Route Information

The Tri-Parish Out of the Darkness Walk will take place at the Bayou Vista Community Center in Morgan City. The physical address is 1333 Bellview St., Morgan City, LA.

Registration is located to the right of the main building near the splash pad and baseball field off of Bellview St. Click here for Google Map directions

Free parking is available at and around the Community Center. 

Walk Route: The route is approx. 2 miles.  

  • Begin at Bayou Vista Community Center (1333 Bellview Street, Morgan City) 
     
  • Walk west on Bellview towards Southeast Blvd.
     
  • Turn right (north) on Southeast Blvd. (Southeast Blvd turns into Par Rd. 41) 
     
  • Walk north on Par Rd. 41 toward Bayou Vista Skate Park
     
  • Turn left (west) on Canal Rd., then left (south) on Field Rd. 
     
  • Turn left (east) on S Road.
     
  • Turn right (south) on Par Rd. 41 
     
  • Follow road to Bellview St. and turn left (east) toward the Community Center. 
Become an Event Sponsor 

You can be a hero in the fight against suicide!  Click here to view our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities. 

T-Shirts

There's still time to qualify for an event t-shirt! Raise $150 or more by 10/30 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). No t-shirts will be available at the walk. Thank you for your understanding!

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.

 
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!