Anchorage Walk

Join us on September 11, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Anchorage Walk

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Event Details

Date: 09/11/2021
Location: Chuck Albrecht Softball Complex 
Registration: 10:00 am
Event Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Dustin Morris & Jeremy Landreth (Jeremy.afspak@gmail.com) 
Contact Phone: 907-201-9273 
Contact Email: dmorris@afsp.org

Join Us Today

Now more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.

We hope you can join us for our in-person event featuring local health-based agencies and various nonprofits, fresh-made grilled cheese sandwiches, hot coffee, and pastries provided by Alaska Grains Baking Company and Starbucks.

Our program will feature guest speakers from the Eklutna Tribal Council, Anchorage Assembly Chairperson, Alaska Black Caucus, Identity Alaska, Alaska Police, and Fire Chaplains, and Special Assistant to the Governor.  

If you’re participating from home, be sure to tune in to our video program, and share your activities by posting pictures to your social media accounts using the hashtag #TogetherToFightSuicide and #AFSPAlaska.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

 

Acknowledgment Statements

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Alaska Chapter would like to acknowledge Anchorage as Dena’ina homelands and recognize the more than 230 Alaska Native tribes indigenous to the unceded lands we now reside on.

We recognize the unjust actions and historical traumas that have occurred throughout generations. We honor the relationship between Alaska's first people, who are the original and rightful stewards of their traditional homelands.

We desire to work toward a collaborative effort to accomplish our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide, with honor and respect for the traditions, culture, and sovereignty of Alaska Native people across this great state.

We offer our gratitude and say Chin’an. 

 

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.

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/11/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! Shirts will be available for in-person pick up only. You can collect your shirt at the registration table during the event. 

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.

 

Course Information 

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk course is an out and back loop that is approximately 3-miles.

Participants begin and finish at the Chuck Albrecht Softball Complex.

Directions: Exit the parking facility and turn right toward the Campbell Creek Trail – Turn left through the tunnel under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave – Follow the trail over the pedestrian bridge crossing Tudor Rd. – Continue through the Alaska Native Medical Center Campus toward University Lake – Head toward the SpringHill Suites arriving at the University Lake Dog Park and AFSP water aid station – Turn around and follow the same course back to the softball complex to finish the walk.

Please use caution–walking, avoiding wildlife, and any trail hazards. We ask you to obey all posted signs and keep your pets leashed at all times. Mask wearing is encouraged, and safe distancing of 3-6 feet is recommended.

COVID- 19 Health and Safety Guidance

As an organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is leading by example in practicing healthy behaviors for ourselves and one another during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We care about every person and every community, and we are doing what we can to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and keep our staff, volunteers, advocates, program participants, and supporters safe.

We understand that conditions may change and request participants follow all state and municipal mandates and CDC guidelines when attending the Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

  • Physical Distancing of 3-6 ft is encouraged

  • Face masks are welcomed and encouraged

  • Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available throughout the venue

  • Participants not feeling well and/or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are invited to stay home and view our video program online

  • There will be no verification of vaccinated status, temperature checks, or contact tracing

  • Online donations are recommended

  • Pre-registration online is strongly encouraged

  • Check back frequently for updates

Notice this is an evolving situation and events may be canceled at any point.

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!