Greater Baton Rouge Walk

Join us on October 23, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Greater Baton Rouge Walk

Important Event Update: Due to extensive storm damage across the region, we are unable to use the Lamar Dixon Center for our Walk. We have moved the Walk to Jambalaya Park (1015 E. Cornerview St.) in Gonzales. Click here for turn-by-turn directions. We appreciate your understanding as we work to create a safe and meaningful event for our walkers! 

Join us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide at the Greater Baton Rouge Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, October 23rd at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales! This year, we're offering two options to walk, on the day of the Greater Baton Rouge 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: We’re proceeding with the hope that we can gather together in person, and the health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers will be our top priority as our plans develop. No matter what, we'll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood, so you can show up in the ways that are most comfortable for you. 

Event Details

Date: 10/23/2021
Location: Jambalaya Park 
Registration: 8:00 am
Event Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Allen (Bubba) Randall 
Contact Phone: 225-603-1035 
Contact Email: bubbarre@gmail.com

 
Location, Parking, and Walk Route  

Location: Jambalaya Park, 1015 E. Cornerview St., Gonzales, LA. Click here for turn-by-turn directions
Parking: Free Parking is available at Jambalaya Park off of Edenborn Ave. and Carol St. (see map below) 
Walk Route: The walk will begin at Jambalaya park. Walkers will use the bridge to cross the canal and head east towards Imra Blvd. Walkers will take Imra Blvd. South and make a u-turn at Worthy Rd. and then walk north back towards the park. The walk route is approximately one (1) mile. 

Become an Event Sponsor 

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

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 10/23/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! To help streamline efforts, we will be mailing all walk shirts after the event. No shirts will be available at the walk. Thank you for understanding! 

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!