Waco Walk

Join us on September 25, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Waco Walk

 

Event Details

Date: 09/25/2021
Location: Brazos Park East 
Registration: 6:30 pm
Event Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jennifer Warnick 
Contact Phone: 512-661-9335 
Contact Email: jenniferwafsp@gmail.com

 

Will you help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

The Out of the Darkness Waco Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

We are moving forward with plans to host the walk in-person on Saturday, September 25th. 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. 

Join Us Today

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 Waco Walk.

By registering, you are joining 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. Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements. 

Every dollar you raise through the Waco Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

How You Can Help

Get Registered!

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.


Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join and donate towards your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!  Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.

Be sure to use #afsptexas, #TexasTogether and #TogetherToFightSuicide. Don't forget to follow us, too! @AFSPCTX  (Instagram & Twitter), @AFSPCentralTX (Facebook)

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk.

 
Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Download the walk flyer here to share with businesses, apartment buildings, etc. in your community.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Waco Walk shows the community and your employees that your business cares about mental health and suicide prevention. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.

Team Captain Toolkit

Team Captain Toolkit: Being on a team enhances the experience of each and every one of your team members, providing a built-in support system and a goal towards which you will all strive (and stride) together. A team captain's role is vital to the success of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Click here to access our Team Captain Toolkit and access some tips, tricks, and resources. 

 
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
 

$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by September 25th and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!
 

Once you’ve registered, set up a Facebook
fundraiser to raise awareness and donations for
the event! Follow these quick and easy steps!

In addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations on-site.

 

Day of Experience: Resources & Activities


On-Site Activities
More details coming soon!

 

 
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.

 
Memorial Wall

The walls are a place to remember a loved one with a message or photo as well as honor yourself or a loved one.

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.

Waco Walk FAQs


When and where is the event taking place?
The event is taking place on Saturday, September 25th at Brazos Park East. A virtual option will also be offered for those not ready to be in-person.

 

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.

 

How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!

 

Are pets allowed?
Sure, as long as they are leashed and well behaved. 

 

For additional questions, please email jenniferwafsp@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support!