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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Suffolk Walk
Location: Bennetts Creek Park, Suffolk, VA
Registration: 10:00 am
Event Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Logan Crews
Contact Phone: 757-618-4519
Contact Email: email@example.com
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 Suffolk Walk.
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at Bennett's Creek Park
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We will be doing things a bit differently this year out of an abundance of caution, and we want to thank our walk planning committee for their hard work in creating an experience with your safety and wellness in mind. We look forward to returning to our traditional event format in the future.
Items to note for Saturday, October 23rd:
Walkers are strongly encouraged to wear masks out of respect for vulnerable participants. Masks will be available on site by request for anyone who forgets to bring one with them to the event. Masks and hand sanitizer will be located at the Registration/Check-In area.
Carry your cellphone to use for registration and donations, and read the QR codes on the signs along the walking path.
Friendly, leashed pets are welcome. Please come prepared to clean up after your pet.
Please register online in advance. While registration will be available onsite, we ask you to help us reduce congestion to keep participants safe. You can register online at afsp.org/suffolk prior to the event. Participants may also self-register by scanning our QR code banner upon arrival at the event. This will allow more space at our check-in area to safely serve those without online registration capability.
Walk T-shirts will be available for pickup at the walk for individuals who raised $150+ by event day while supplies last. It has been exceptionally difficult to estimate attendance numbers this year due to late registrations and COVID-19. If you earn a shirt by 10/23/21 and do not receive it at the event, our volunteers will take your contact information and one will be ordered for you following the walk. Please be considerate of the volunteers working in the T-shirt area as they do their best to help you.
Watch your email prior to the event to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Suffolk event. Join our Suffolk Out of the Darkness Walk Facebook Group for additional event updates and information.
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).
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness, #AFSPVA 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.
Individuals who raise $150 by 10/23/2021 will receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! T-shirts will be available for pickup at the walk while supplies last. It has been exceptionally difficult to estimate attendance numbers this year due to late registrations and COVID-19. If you earn a shirt by 10/23/21 and do not receive it at the event, our volunteers will take your contact information and one will be ordered for you following the walk. Please be considerate of the volunteers working in the T-shirt area as they do their best to help you.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Tolling of the Bell
We will be keeping our tradition this year of the Tolling of the Bell.
Tolling the Boats is a traditional ceremonial event performed to honor all the lost US Submarines and their Sailors dating back to 1915. The ships are remembered for all their sacrifices and dedication to our country. We would like to honor those we have lost or those we are walking for by reading their names during our tolling of the bell ceremony.
If you have not let Angie or Logan know the name of your loved one you wish to be read please email Logan (email address at the top of this page). You may submit more than one name. We would just like to honor all. If you do not wish to have your loved one's name read, do not feel like you have to include them.
Add to our Out of the Darkness Photo Mosaic
Show how our communities across the country are working #TogethertoFightSuicide by uploading your photos to our digital photo mosaic.
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.
Walk Day FAQs
What should I bring with me?
Face mask, filled water bottle, cash or credit cards to purchase AFSP swag, bug spray (if desired)
Teams are allowed to bring a 10 by 10 tent and table along with chairs to set up as an area for your team! Have fun with it and decorate if you want to! There is a designated area for our teams to have their areas set up! This will be marked with a sign that says "TEAM TENT AREA", if you are facing the stage at the park it is going to be to the left of the stage. IF you have any questions about this please try to find Angie or Logan, and if you cannot find us, please text Logan at (757)618-4519 and she will come find you!
Please feel free to bring a cooler with water or anything else you would like (No alcohol please) and also lunch if you would like to have lunch at the park.
Where should I park?
Our event will utilize parking within the park (volunteers will direct you). In the event of rain, parking will be at Creekside Elementary.
Can I bring my dog?
Leashed, friendly pets are welcome. Please come prepared to clean up after your pet.
Are there bathrooms?
Bathroom facilities are available at the park.
What happens if it rains?
We walk rain or shine. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather.
Thank you for your support!