Join us on September 25, 2021
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Oxford Walk
Join us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide at the Oxford Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, September 25th! This year, we're offering two options to walk, on the day of the Oxford 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: Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and while we remain hopeful that we'll be able to gather in person once again this fall, we are closely monitoring CDC, state AND local guidelines and will continue to share updates in the coming weeks and months.
Location: Ole Miss Campus
Registration: 11:00 am
Event Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Pam Smith
Contact Phone: 662-607-3703
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flash Fundraising Challenge!
The individual who raises the most money between Tuesday, Sept. 21st and 11:59 pm on Friday, Sept. 24th, will receive a Be The Voice tank and a drawstring backpack! Click here to start fundraising!
Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Oxford Walk.
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
IMPORTANT OXFORD MISSISSIPPI WALK UPDATE
More than ever, our mission to save lives remains our priority, and we cannot do this work without you. Please read below for important event updates and download our official walk guide here. The walk committee appreciates your support and flexibility with ongoing planning!
Registration: It's not too late to register for the Oxford Mississippi Walk! To keep our volunteers and walkers safe, registration will be online only this year. If you have pre-registered for the event, you do not need to check-in. Please spread the word and encourage your team members to register online before the event. We will have QR codes around venue for walkers to register the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist walkers as needed. Click here to pre-register for the event.
Donations: Please donate online or mail your donations before the walk to AFSP using our offline donation form (download here). Be sure to include the walker and team name. Donations can be turned in at registration. Donations can also be made online using the QR codes available at the event.
T-shirts: There's still time to qualify for an event t-shirt! Raise $150 or more by 10/15 and you'll get an official 2021 t-shirt mailed directly to you! Register today and ask 15 friends for $10 or more. To streamline efforts, t-shirts will be mailed directly to for qualifying participants (those who raise $150 or more by 10/15). No t-shirts will be available at the walk. Thank you for your understanding!
COVID Safety Guidelines:
In an effort to keep our community safe, we will be implementing the following COVID-19 safety guidelines:
- Maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance between you and individuals outside of your home.
- Encouraging the use of masks. Masks will be available at check-in.
- Hand sanitizer stations around the event.
Please participate virtually at home if any of the following apply:
- You have been exposed to COVID-19/have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the flu, or has exhibited COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days.
- You have any COVID-19 symptoms or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or congestion, muscle aches or fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, etc.), or if you're not feeling well.
What to Bring:
- Masks are encouraged.
- Water bottle.
- Your pet (we kindly ask that you keep your pet on a leash).
Parking and Directions:
- Restrooms are available at the Student Union.
Become an Event Sponsor
You can be a hero in the fight against suicide. Click here to view our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities.
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.
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:
- 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.
- We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
- 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.
Raise $150 by 09/25/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
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.
Thank you for your support!