Bristol Virginia Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Bristol Virginia Walk
Location: Please see details below
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kathe Goller
Contact Phone: 540-447-0113
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention Surry WIN Participants: Register Here
**Important Event Update**
AFSP Virginia Chapter leadership have made the extremely difficult but necessary decision to cancel our in-person Bristol VA Out of the Darkness Walk scheduled to be held at Sugar Hollow Park on November 6th, 2021. We have made this decision with consideration for several factors, to include Virginia’s recent rise in COVID-19 case numbers. According to data provided by the Virginia Department of Health, prevalence rates of COVID-19 are projected to continue rising well into the fall. The safety of our staff, volunteers, and community are our top priority.
We are saddened not to be hosting our normal event this November, and are grateful for your support. We invite you to continue to help us save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Our Out of the Darkness Walks are important opportunities to connect those affected by suicide with resources and a safe space to gather with others who understand their journey and share their passion. We are committed to keeping that connection alive even though we are unable to gather in person.
We invite you to stay engaged in the fight against suicide in the following ways:
- Continue to fundraise online through your walker page. The need to fund our mission remains, and you can earn some great recognition items.
- Invite friends and family to register online with you and fundraise to support our cause. You might even walk as a small group in your local area.
- Participate in our Bristol VA Walk Facebook Group – share encouragement, connect with other supporters, and stay up to date on AFSP Virginia happenings.
- Add a photo to our national Out of the Darkness Walk Mosaic (active until 12/31/21).
- Share your reason to walk on our Virginia Why I Walk Wall.
- Stream our Out of the Darkness Radio Channel by searching on the Audacy app or by clicking here.
- Attend an educational program. Upcoming events can be found here.
- Learn to table for AFSP to share resources in Southwest Virginia.
- Attend or learn more about an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event.
Thank you again for your continued support. It is so deeply valued. Please stay well and healthy, and remember to make time for self-care.
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Register Now to Fundraise Online
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 if we can't have our event in person?
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 our efforts 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 Instagram! Share and tag your photos of suicide prevention and awareness activities 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 spread awareness for our cause. One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Out of the Darkness 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.
To add a photo to our Out of the Darkness photo mosaic, click here.
If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.
To attend or learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on November 20th, visit www.afsp.org/international-survivors-of-suicide-loss-day.
To share your reason to walk, visit our Virginia Why I Walk Wall.