Coos County Virtual Walk

Join us on October 16, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Coos County Virtual Walk

Saturday is the day! Join us right here   at 11am PDT from wherever you are in the world to participate. We encourage you to wear your honor bead colors through your clothing on Saturday to represent your connections to the cause. Not sure what honor beads are?   Learn more about them here 
 
We'll be live on YouTubeTwitch, and Facebook . Join us on any of those platforms to take part in the interactive chat for the event or watch right here down below. Then afterwards take a walk in your community and share pictures on social media using the hashtags #OregonOutOfTheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide. We're so excited about the event we have planned and can't wait to see you on Saturday!
 
With Hope & Gratitude,
 
Taylor Chambers, Oregon Area Director
 
 

 

Event Details

Date: 10/16/2021
Location: Virtual 
Event Time: 11:00 am 

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Lance Nelson 
Contact Phone: 541-756-6232 
Contact Email: lnelson@wfall.org

Join Us Today

Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Coos County Virtual Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are we walking together this year? Unfortunately given current COVID risk & restrictions, we made the difficult decision to cancel the in person walk for the safety of our community. We're disappointed, but encourage you to still join us online this Fall. More information on the October 16th event to come!
  • Do I have to pay or raise money to attend? No. It is completely free to register.
  • Can I participate and raise funds even if I can't attend? Yes! This year we made the difficult decision to move to a virtual event. Register today and watch the virtual ceremony on 10/16 or the recording later!
  • Where does the money raised end up going? Money raised is distributed through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and goes towards research and intervention. Their goal is to reduce the suicide rate by 20% by 2025. Also, money will stay local to assist in resources and training for the "pseudo-therapists" in our community, such as hairdressers, bartenders, taxi drivers, high school students, etc.
  • Can I participate if I'm not on a team? Of course! But it's more fun to form a team and walk together for this great cause. PLUS your team can walk together on 9/25, 10/16, or anytime this Fall!
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

Raise $150 by 10/16/2021 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!