Central Iowa Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Central Iowa Walk
Location: DMACC - Ankeny, IA
Registration: 12:00 pm
Event Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Joni Thornton & Nicole Mortenson
Contact Phone: 515-210-0476
Contact Email: email@example.com
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 Central Iowa Walk.
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
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.
About the Walk
Become a Sponsor
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 event page on Facebook.
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 09/19/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
If you have raised $250 or more on your fundraising page or want to donate $100 you can get an Honor Sign to place along the walk route for your loved one. Please fill out the form here.
There will be multiple agencies and companies from across Iowa present where you will have the opportunity to collect materials, hear about upcoming events, find out to get involved, and connect with them regarding mental health and suicide prevention.
We have multiple activities located in the courtyard south of building 5 for the whole family. Face painting, temporary tattoos, super heroes, music, and more! Come early to enjoy the activities prior to the walk program at 2:00pm.
Be The Voice Store
Multiple t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and other AFSP items will be for sale inside building 5. Cash and credit cards accepted.
Water and popcorn will be provided to walkers free of charge. Restaurants inside Building 5 will be open for lunch options at a small cost.
Virtual Memory Wall
Please submit a picture for this year's Virtual Memory Wall. Click here to fill out the form.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Bring photos or notes to add to the memory wall in honor of your loved one. These are always saved at the end of the walk, so make sure to grab your item before you leave if you want to keep it.
Please bring a small photo of your loved one to create a button to wear in their memory. This picture will be used in the button, so make sure it is a copy!
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.