Western North Carolina Virtual Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Western NC Walk
November 13th - 12:00pm Out of the Darkness Opening Ceremony and Walk on a Route of your Choosing. The Out of the Darkness Program will be held virtually on November 13, 2021. Join us at noon for the Out of the Darkness Opening Ceremony followed by a walk on a route of your choosing. We encourage everyone to walk at least 1,359 steps to honor the North Carolinians who died by suicide in 2019.
The ceremony will premiere on both our AFSP NC Chapter YouTube Channel
and our AFSP NC Chapter Facebook Page
Our AFSP NC Chapter Virtual Merchandise Sale will be live on November 13th at 9:00am.
We invite you to also join us for the NC Together: Day of Hope event that will include virtual programming for all ages. Preregistration for each event is required using the links below.
Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health - November 13th 10:30-11:30am
About Gizmo: Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health© takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth through Gizmo's friendly messaging by:
1) Introducing the concept of mental health;
2) Sharing how one may care for their own mental health daily;
3) Identifying when one's mental health needs attention and how to use healthy coping strategies;
4) Defining trusted adults and how to connect with them; and
5) Making a personalized mental health plan that can be used daily.
The Guide includes fun activities and resources trusted adults can use to help the youth in their lives. For: Youth ages 5-11 and their Trusted Adults (trusted adults must be present with kids in attendance)
Register here for Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health© https://nctogethergizmo.attendease.com
It's Real: Teens and Mental Health - November 13th 2:00-3:00pm
It’s Real: Teens and Mental Health provides youth with general mental health information and resources. The presentation defines mental health and includes guidance on starting a conversation about mental health and engaging in self-care. Participants must be 14 or older to attend.
The goal of the presentation is to provide:
• General mental health information and resources to youth
• Information on how to notice signs of deterioration in mental health
• Tips and strategies on how to start a caring conversation about mental health
• Information on how to engage in methods of self-care
Register here for It's Real: Teens and Mental Health http://nctogetheritsreal4teens.attendease.com
Introduction to Supporting Those at Risk - November 13th 3:30-4:30pm
When someone in your life attempts suicide or experiences suicidal thoughts, it can be difficult to know how to best support them in their recovery. Introduction to Supporting Those At Risk is designed to provide you with information and resources on how to support someone in your life with lived experience. In the context of this presentation, the term “lived experience” refers to someone's experience with suicidal thoughts and/or a past suicide attempt.
Those who have supported or are supporting a loved one who has struggled or attempted suicide
Those interested in learning more, because anyone may need to support someone at some point in time
Registration is required and participants must be at least 18 years or older to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: This program is not intended to be utilized for clinical services, support groups, or crisis intervention programs.
Register here for Introduction to Supporting Those at Risk https://nctogetheritstar.attendease.com
The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are particularly important events for the AFSP North Carolina Chapter. The Walks are our largest fundraisers and provide significant financial support to keep our programs and services free of charge to help individuals and families affected by suicide. COVID-19 has not stopped the mental health needs of our community and we continue to provide free programs every day through Zoom and Facebook Live.
This past year has taught us that "community" is not about being in-person, but about creating a space where people feel a sense of belonging. We are hopeful that everyone who planned to attend our walk in-person will join us virtually in full force. A huge thank you to everyone who has already registered, started a team and/or made donations. We are grateful for your support!
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
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.
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.
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.
Walkers who raise $150 by December 31st will receive their shirt in the mail in January. Shirts will be mailed to the address used to register so please ensure accuracy.
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.