Paducah Walk

Join us on October 2, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Paducah Walk

Event Details

Date: 10/02/2021
Location: WKCTC Campus 
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Megan Cole 
Contact Phone: 502-648-9451 
Contact Email: PaducahOOTD@gmail.com

Join Us Today

We're moving forward with plans to host our Out of the Darkness Community Walks in person 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.

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 Paducah Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

Fundraising Incentives

$5K Friday!
 
Friday September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. AFSP has different ways for you to be involved on this day and throughout September’s  Suicide Prevention Month. The Kentucky Chapter is challenging our walkers to raise $5K in a day in honor of World Suicide Prevention! Every walker who raises $15 or more in this 24 hour period will earn  this exclusive sticker! The top fundraiser from each walk this day will also earn a special VIP prize bundle to be picked up at their walk! Only donations made on September 10  th will count towards this incentive, so everyone has an opportunity to win!
 
Participant Passports!
  • All walkers have a chance to win prizes at their walk! Just print out the participant passport and fill it out as you participate in different activities throughout Kickoff Week! Download your Walker Passport Here!
  • Team Captains! You have a special passport with additional activities, opportunities, and prizes! Download your Team Captain Passport here!
  • Email a photo of your passport to mcole@afsp.org with your prize selection by September 24th. Bring your passport to your walk to pick up your prizes!
T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 10/02/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Register Now

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.

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide. Download and print the walk flyer to hang in your community!


  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.

Recruit Sponsors

Help us partner with more businesses and groups in the community! Download a sponsor packet to share with your employer or any businesses you may know. Sponsorships start as low as $250. You can also request a custom sponsor packet here.

Activities of Hope and Healing

Digital Memory Quilt

Made with Padlet

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.

 

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.

 

Thank you for your support!