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** Updated information about The Sarasota Walk below. **
Walk Date: 02/05/2023
Walk Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Walk-up Registration: 8:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 am
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ashley Bloom
Contact Phone: 941-961-7109
Contact Email: email@example.com
Due to the number of Southwest Floridians directly and indirectly impacted by the recent storms and the community’s participation in recovery efforts, our AFSP Southwest Florida Chapter has decided to hold the Sarasota Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, February 5th 2023. This was a very difficult decision and our hearts go out to all who have suffered loss due to Hurricane Ian.
We realize the rebuilding process will be a long one and we understand the community’s need to focus on relief efforts. SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. 1-800-985-5990
Please know that mental health and suicide prevention services are available. If you or anyone you know is in crisis, please call the Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline – 988.
Suicide prevention programming will continue in our community.
Thank you for understanding and we look forward to your attendance in February.
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk 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 health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.
If you're looking for support and/or resources, please visit www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.
Returning participant? Thank you for being a Walk Alumni! When you click the register button be sure to click the blue Login link under "Been Here Before?"
Having trouble registering? Click here to view a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.
If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your 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). View this video tutorial for more help.
There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates!
Click below to get started!
And don't forget about all the ways you can FUNdraise!
Ways You Can Help
Volunteer at the Event
Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up today! Thank you!
Become a Sponsor
Sponsoring the Sarasota Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.
Want to be a Resource Vendor?
We welcome non-profits and businesses to participate on the day of the walks as resource vendors. Interested parties must apply through this APPLICATION FORM. As a vendor, your message must align with AFSP's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. For questions, please contact Area Director Tara Sullivan Larsen at email@example.com.
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
$150+ - Raise $150 by 02/05/2023 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt! * Donations can be made to a team as a whole, but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.
Promote the Walk in Your Community!
Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks
Share our flyer!
Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!
Become a Team Captain
Be sure to follow all of the steps after registering to get that fundraising going! *Update your page and pic * Make a self-donation* Utilize Participant Hub *
Create a FB Fundraiser through your account or it will not connect to your page! This is super easy in the app btw (wink wink)
Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.
If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150.
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!
Can I register at the Walk? Yes! You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
Can I bring my dog? Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk.
Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.
For additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities
Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, pick-up beads at the Honor Bead tent, and more!
Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.
Hope & Healing
Share messages of hope and remembrance.
Register by clicking the button at the top of the page
Thank you participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741-741