Emerald Coast Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Emerald Coast Walk

The Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness 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, November 13th. 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.

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 Emerald Coast Walk.  #TogetherToFightSuicide

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

Event Details

Date: 11/13/2021
Location: Beasley Park, 1550 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE 
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jenny Lawless & Sarah Clark (sclark@afsp.org) 
Contact Phone: 918-261-3161 
Contact Email: jennyloulawless@gmail.com

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

Registration & Walk FAQs

Why Register?

We're looking forward to seeing you in person this Fall!  Registered participants no longer need to check-in at the Walk, so we encourage you to register, invite friends, fundraise and donate in advance to make your day-of-event experience as safe and streamlined as possible.  Learn more about our return to in-person events HERE.

When and where is the event taking place?

The event is taking place on Saturday, November 13th, at Beasley Park in Fort Walton Beach (1550 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, FWB, 32548).   If you are unable to make the event in-person, we would love to have your participate virtually. 

Is there a registration fee?

No, there is no registration fee to participate.  The event is open to everyone.

Do children need to register?

Children under the age of 12 do not need to register.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

No, but we do strongly encourage each participant to set a minimum $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness walk t-shirt!

How do I get a T-Shirt?

Any individual who raises $150 or more will receive our official Emerald Coast Walk t-shirt.  

How do I register and set-up my personal fundraising page?  

Click here to view a step-by-step guide on how to register, log-in and set up your fundraising page.  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.

From your Dashboard, you will can view your page, edit your profile, make a donation, view donations received, create a Facebook fundraiser, and download resources.

How do I create a team or join a team?

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).

***Team Incentive***

Any Team that raises $500 or more will have their Team Name on the backs of all the t-shirts!

How You Can Help

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness Walk shows the community that organization/business cares about mental health and suicide prevention.  It shows that you care about your community.  Partner with us to help stop this leading cause of death.

Download the Emerald Coast Walk sponsorship packet.  With opportunities for sponsorship starting at only $250, this is the perfect chance for both large and small businesses to help play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community.  All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits.

Promote the Walk in Your Community

Download and Share the Emerald Coast Walk Flyer and Social Media Graphic.

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you or donate to your fundraising efforts.  Social media is a powerful tool!  Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide

Create a Facebook Fundraiser that Automatically Links to your Account

On Your Computer:  Sign-in to your account.  Go to your Dashboard.  On the right-hand side you will see the "Your Fundraising" tab, click on "Create a Facebook Fundraiser", and follow the steps from there.

On Your Phone:  Sign-in to your account.  Go to your Dashboard.  Scroll until you see the "Your Fundraising" tab, click on "Create a Facebook Fundraiser", and follow the steps from there.

Follow the Florida Panhandle Chapter of AFSP's Social Media Pages
Stay up-to-date on upcoming programs and events and stay connected.

  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.

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

Raise $150 by 11/13/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!  

Here are some ideas to help get you started:

  • Make a donation to yourself
  • Start a Facebook fundraiser
  • Share your story
  • Invite your friends and family to join you
  • As 10 friends to donate $10
  • Ask your employer if they do matching gifts
  • For more ideas and tools, visit the Participant Hub
 
Activities of Hope and Healing

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!