Greater Lehigh Valley Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Greater Lehigh Valley Walk
Location: Lehigh Parkway
Registration: 10:00 am
Event Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jim Presto
Contact Phone: 610-737-0950
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Greater Lehigh Valley Walk.
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Live Stream on Walk Day
We are going to live stream parts of the walk from our Chapter Facebook page for those of you who would like to participate virtually. Please make sure to follow our page here: https://www.facebook.com/AFSPEasternPennsylvania to ensure that you can view our live stream.
What to Expect On Walk Day
People who have registered online before the walk no longer need to check-in at the walk. That means you don't have to arrive directly at 10:00 am. We will have activities and community resources at the walk to check out before the ceremony begins, but the hours of 10:00 am - 12:00 pm are reserved for that. If you need to register the day of the event, you can show up any time between 10:00am-12:00 pm to do so, but we recommend arriving early to ensure you have enough time.
Walk Kick-Off Party!
Join us on Thursday, August 19th from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Pat's Pizza Bistro for our Out of the Darkness Walk Kick-Off Party! The address is 1426 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Come meet the walk planning committee, meet other team captains and get some walk goodies! A portion of all proceeds will go to the walk, so come out and support this event!
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).
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.
Location/Walk Route Maps
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. View our Facebook event page.
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.
Raise $150 by 10/03/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Suicide Prevention Night at Iron Pigs - September 1st at 7:05 PM
- It's "batter up" as the Iron Pigs take on the Syracuse Mets at Coca-Cola Park
- Tickets are $8-$16 and available online or at the gate
World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th at 8:00 PM
- Light a candle, display a luminary bag or other memorials in windows, porches or lawn to show your support
- Share pictures to email@example.com for use on social media (submission implies consent for use of photos without restrictions)
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day - November 20th
- ISOSLD is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience
- More information about this event will be coming soon
Activities of Hope and Healing
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.