Central Piedmont Virtual Walk

Join us on November 13, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Central Piedmont Walk

IMPORTANT UPDATE (8/30/21): We will be holding the Central Piedmont Out of the Darkness Walk virtually on November 13,, 2021. The safety and well-being of our volunteers, walkers and staff are our primary concern and it is important  for our community to show survivors of suicide, those that are struggling with a mental illness, and those that support suicide prevention and awareness that we hear them, stand with them and fight for them, even in the hardest of times.  Even during a pandemic. The walk committee and event sponsors appreciate your support!

  • PART ONE of our event will be a Virtual Opening Program at 12 noon. All participants who register online will be sent info to join the program, which will bring together all walkers for a single high-impact event. The Virtual Opening Program will include an Honor Beads Ceremony and so much more.
  • PART TWO of our event will be a Local Walk Challenge immediately following the opening program. All Out of the Darkness participants will be challenged to walk in their neighborhoods, on campus, at a park, or even on a treadmill indoors ….. then via social media, we will share photos, miles/steps taken, words of encouragement, “I Walk For” posters, video clips, and more.

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 Piedmont Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

Will you help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

The Out of the Darkness Central Piedmont Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

We are moving forward with plans to host the walk virtually on Saturday, November 13, 2021. By registering, you are joining 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.

Every dollar you raise through the Central Piedmont Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

   
Event Details                                                                                                          

Date: November 13, 2021
Location: Virtual   
Event Time:  12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Sara Okamuro 
Contact Phone: 704.928.6383 
Contact Email: saraokamuro@gmail.com

                                                                                       

Registration & Walk FAQs

When and where is the event taking place?
The event is taking place virtually on Saturday, November 13th. Information about how to participate in the event while be sent to all registered walkers prior to the walk. 

 

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate, but as a fundraising event we encourage you to try and solicit donations in your community!

 

How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a minimum $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!

 

How do I set up my personal fundraising page?
If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.

 

For additional questions, please email saraokamuro@gmail.com.

How You Can Help


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Central Piedmont Walk shows the community that your business cares about mental health and suicide prevention. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.

 
Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Contact Sarah Cothren for more.

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

Please be sure to use the following: @NCTogether, #TogetherToFightSuicide

 

 
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by November 13th and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

These easy action steps will get you started! 

 

 
 

 

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

 Walkers who raise $150 by November 13th will receive their Central Piedmont walk t-shirt in the mail after the event. Shirts will be mailed to the address used to register so please ensure accuracy. 

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!