Hopkinsville Walk

Join us on September 19, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Hopkinsville Walk

Event Details

Date: 09/19/2021
Location: Hopkinsville Rail Trail 
Registration and Silent Auction: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Opening Ceremony: 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Mary Underwood & Valerie Singleton (270-348-1795) 
Contact Phone: 270-889-5576 
Contact Email: hopkinsvilleootd@gmail.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 Hopkinsville Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

Kentucky Chapter Walk Kickoff Week

Join us for our chapter wide Out of the Darkness Kickoff Week! There will be ways to engage online and in-person at various locations throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana! Check back here or the event page for updated activities and ways to engage. Be sure you are registered for this walk to participate!
 
Participant Passports!
  • All walkers have a chance to win prizes at their walk! Just print out the participant passport and fill it out as you participate in different activities throughout Kickoff Week! Download your Walker Passport Here!
  • Team Captains! You have a special passport with additional activities, opportunities, and prizes! Download your Team Captain Passport here!
  • Email a photo of your passport to mcole@afsp.org with your prize selection by September 10th. Bring your passport to your walk to pick up your prizes!

Online Activities:

  • Online Walker training on August 9th at 11AM EST - Register here
  • Chair Chat on Facebook Live & YouTube
  • Why I Walk posts (tag @KentuckyAFSP) or submission (submit story here)
  • Kentucky Chapter Volunteer Orientation - Registration required here
  • Daily Walk Challenges: (click here for donordrive tips)
    • Sunday - Link Fundraiser to Facebook 
    • Monday - Share and post about the walk on FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 
    • Tuesday - Customize your personal fundraising page and your team page!
    • Wednesday - Send at least 10 recruitment emails or reach out to past donors through Donor Drive
    • Thursday - Grow your team! Add 5 or more people to your team
    • Friday -  Ask for donations! Fundraise $25 or more
    • Saturday - Increase your fundraising goal

In-Person Activities in Hopkinsville:

  • Events to be announced soon!
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.

Summer Fundraising Challenge

Your fundraising efforts spark the conversations that inform our communities of the importance of suicide prevention while creating the resources necessary for AFSP's research, education, advocacy, and support programs. An early start is the key to success, so we're providing some incentive for you to register and launch your efforts right away!

Register and raise $150 individually by August 31st*

Every participant who registers as raised $150 or more by August 31st will be eligible to pick up an official Out of the Darkness Community Walk t-shirt  the day of your event, AND we'll mail you an AFSP essentials kit, filled with goodies to help you share your story and raise awareness in your community.

HOPE Stencil sidewalk chalk Out of the Darkness multi-colored wristband

Be The Voice temporary Tattoo

The kit will contain:

  • HOPE stencil and pack of sidewalk chalk so you can share hope in your neighborhood
  • You are Not Alone pin
  • Out of the Darkness sunscreen stick to stay protected while you're spreading the word
  • Out of the Darkness multi-colored wristband to start a conversation
  • Be the Voice temporary tattoos
  • And more!

Team Captains! Build your team to a total of 6 team members AND raise $250 or more as a team by August 31st**

Together To Fight Suicide Trucker Cap

You're eligible to earn the individual gift when you raise $150 or more by August 31st, but we have a bonus offer for team captains, only! Recruit a team of 6 or more and raise at least $250 collectively, and you'll also be eligible for a limited edition Together To Fight Suicide Trucker Hat. This eco-friendly cap is a blend of hemp, cotton, and recycled polyester with a snap back closure. Photo coming soon.

 

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.

Visit your participant hub for tips and tools to help you get started.

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide. Download & Print the walk flyer to display somewhere in your community!


  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.

Recruit Sponsors

Help us partner with more businesses and groups in the community! Sponsorships start as low as $250. You can request a custom sponsor packet here.

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/19/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

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!