Myrtle Beach Walk

Join us on October 23, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Myrtle Beach Walk

Event Details

Date: 10/23/2021
Location: Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC 
Registration: 10:00 am
Program Begins: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ashley James 
Contact Phone: 843-424-3955 
Contact Email: ashashsc2009@aol.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 Myrtle Beach Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

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.

Walk Route

The Walk Start and Opening Ceremony will be at Heroes Harbor (beside of Margaritaville) at Broadway at the Beach on 29th Street N, Myrtle Beach. Walk route will be approximately 1.5 miles winding through the grounds of Broadway at the Beach. If you can’t walk the entire distance, no worries – you can shorten your walk by crossing one of the multiple bridges on the route.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Myrtle Beach Walk Sponsorship Packet.  With opportunities for sponsorship starting at only $250, this is the perfect chance for both large and small businesses to help play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community.  All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits.

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Myrtle Beach Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community.  Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives.  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.  Click here to let everyone on Facebook know you are interested or participating in the event.

 
  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

Raise $150 by 10/23/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! All donations submitted by December 31, 2021 will count toward the individual and overall Walk goal.             

Resource Fair

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area. Information tables hosted by the AFSP, Lighthouse Behavioral Health Hospital, Life Stance Health, Loss Support Groups and other organizations will open at 10:00 am.  This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.           

                            

Family Activities
  • Music
  • 'Best of Myrtle Beach' Raffle Basket
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Coloring Activities for Kids
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Walk Team Recognition

Activities of Hope and Healing
  • Hope and Healing Area - for messages of hope and memory of loved ones
  • Bring a photo of your loved one to share their memory with others (remember to take you photo when you leave)
  • Write a message on a seashell that will later be returned back to the ocean
  • Customize Walk bibs, butterflies, or yellow ribbons to wear during the Walk
  • 'I Walk For...' Buttons available for sale that can be personalized

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.

How You Can Participate

There are multiple ways you can register and participate. There is no cost to register, but the goal is to raise funds through donations - and you can participate as:

  • Individual Walker
  • Team Captain or Walker as part of Team – Team Captain should click on ‘Create a Team’ when registering. Additional Walkers then click on Team name to join an existing Team.
  • Virtual Walker – If you cannot attend the Walk, you can be a supporter by being a Virtual Walker and raising funds.
  • Volunteer – If you can volunteer the day of the event, please let us know. Volunteers are needed for pre-walk activities so Walk participants can still volunteer.

Create a Team to Walk Together
  • The top fundraising Team by September 1st will have their Team name added to the Walk shirt,
  • Top fundraising Team by October 23rd will carry the Walk Banner and lead the Walk.
  • Teams are encouraged to carry a sign representing who they are and why they Walk.
  • Top fundraising Individual by October 23rd will cut the Ribbon to start the Walk.

 

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!