Las Cruces Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Las Cruces Walk
Location: Las Cruces, NM, Dona Ana County Government Complex (845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM)
Event Time: 8:30 AM-10:00AM (see Event Details and Format section below for additional details and activities)
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Robyn Rehbein
Contact Phone: 575-496-8532
Contact Email: email@example.com
Join Us Today
We're moving forward with plans to host our Out of the Darkness Community Walks beginning fall 2021. 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. This year's event will by a hybrid format, with both virtual and in-person elements. We know it will look different than it has in the past, but we are working hard to ensure that all participants can experience the event in a way that is both safe and meaningful to them.
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 Las Cruces Walk.
We are working to create a safe experience for all participants. Please check this page the day prior to the event for any updates and important details! (Participants can also find up to date details on our Facebook Event page here.)
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Event Details and Format (UPDATED 9/21/2021)
This year's event will be a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual elements. We welcome all participants to participate in a way that feels both meaningful and safe to them.
Drive-Through Supply Pickup: Participants are welcome to drive through and pickup their event goodie bags and honor beads starting at 8:30 AM. From there, participants can choose to exit the parking lot or attend the bead ceremony.
Bead Ceremony: We will be doing a socially distanced bead ceremony at approximately 10 AM depending on supply pickup. Participants can remain in their vehicle and listen to the ceremony through their radio or meet on the lawn with masks and social distancing.
Covid-19 Procedures: We are asking all participants picking up supplies and/or participating in any activities wear a mask and maintain social distance between groups outside their household/team of at least 6 feet.
Walk Format: We will not be facilitating the physical walk portion of the event due to COVID-19. We encourage people to honor their own mental health with healthy coping activities and if participating in honor of someone, to do something special in their memory. This can be anything from taking a walk in a park, hosting a backyard bbq, or even visiting your loved ones favorite place. We want you to take action in a way you feel comfortable and is meaningful to you.
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.
Raise $150 by 09/25/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
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.