Out of the Darkness Community Walk - Greater Springfield, MA

Out of the Darkness Community Walk - Greater Springfield, MA The Out of the Darkness Community Walk taking place is fall, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
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By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you will be walking with thousands of other walkers nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. In deciding to walk you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority.

By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you will be walking with thousands of other walkers nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. In deciding to walk you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority.

Mission: I would like to ask each and every one of you to do one of three things: 1.) Walk (you can register online) 2.) Volunteer (help is needed) 3.) Donate (you can donate online, you donation is 100% tax deductible, and someone you know may be walking or you can simply donate to the walk itself) Visit the Springfield Walk page to Register or Donate http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2217

Hello walkers!As we officially wrap up our 2018 walk season, we want to extend a warm and grateful thank you to all of o...
01/26/2019

Hello walkers!

As we officially wrap up our 2018 walk season, we want to extend a warm and grateful thank you to all of our walkers, sponsors, and volunteers!

Congratulations to our walkers, volunteers, and sponsors for another tremendous year! For the second year in a row, the Greater Springfield Walk was recognized at the AFSP Chapter Leadership Conference as a member of the "Century Club", raising $125,679 for suicide prevention efforts in our communities!

As a reminder, once planning begins for the 2019 event, we will be closing down this page. Please like and follow our chapter page for all your walk updates and much more!

Can we do it?? Can we get to 1,000 registered Walkers by noon today!?Haven't registered? Have family, friends, ans teamm...
10/19/2018

Can we do it??
Can we get to 1,000 registered Walkers by noon today!?

Haven't registered? Have family, friends, ans teammates that need to register??

Share this post! Online registration closes at NOON today! Can we get to 1,000??

What color beads do you wear at the walk? Love You To pIeCEs Team Captain Lyndsey wears purple...."I wear purple for the...
10/16/2018

What color beads do you wear at the walk? Love You To pIeCEs Team Captain Lyndsey wears purple....

"I wear purple for the loss of one of the brightest souls to walk this earth, Randi M.Lemenager. Randi was a student, a daughter, a cousin, a teacher but most importantly a friend. I will walk Saturday and each & every day forward to think of those we've all lost that may no longer walk alongside us but will forever walk with us. Because together we are stronger and together we will help others like others have helped us."
Register, start a team, or donate today.... www.afsp.org/springfieldma

Why do you Walk?Josh P. from Holyoke will be sharing with the Greater Springfield Walkers during the Bead Ceremnoy abut ...
10/15/2018

Why do you Walk?

Josh P. from Holyoke will be sharing with the Greater Springfield Walkers during the Bead Ceremnoy abut why he will be wearing red beads. Here is a bit of Johsh and Carla's story...

"I started "Carla's Angels" after we lost my wife Carla Pueschel to suicide just a few weeks ago. Together with our 2 kids and all of our family and friends we will walk to honor her legacy and try to make a difference for others. She could not find her way out of the darkness but we are determined to help others who feel the pain and sadness she felt. We want something good to come out of this tragedy and we dont want other families to have to experience the pain and loss that we all feel now. We love you Carla and you will be forever in our hearts."

What color bead will you be wearing on Saturday? Share with your fellow walkers in a comment below!

www.afsp.org/springfieldma

To all our survivor families, this is for you. You are not alone. Your AFSP family is here to support you. Together, we ...
10/15/2018

To all our survivor families, this is for you. You are not alone. Your AFSP family is here to support you. Together, we can heal, and help others who are struggling and work to save lives.

Walk with us on Saturday, Oct 20th at the Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk! Register, donate or form a team. https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=5311

Lots of exciting things are happening at this year's Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk!  www.afsp.org/springf...
10/11/2018

Lots of exciting things are happening at this year's Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk! www.afsp.org/springfieldma

Join us after your walk for a BBQ at the Park! Tickets are $10 (kids 10 and under are free) for great food from Rusty's Place, music, and family activities!

And don't forget to bring your donation of clothing and linens with you on Walk Day for our Savers FUNdrive!

Make sure you are registered to get all the updates!!
www.afsp.org/springfieldma

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The 2018 Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk is almost here! Join the movement turning HOPE into ACTION on Satu...
10/03/2018
Greater Springfield MA Walk

The 2018 Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk is almost here!

Join the movement turning HOPE into ACTION on Saturday Oct.20th at School St. Park in Agawam!
Register, start a team, or donate today at www.AFSP.org/springfieldma

And don't forget to visit the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention- Western Mass chapter page for the latest news, updates, and Walk Details!

Help us save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

A HUGE congratulations and THANK YOU to our Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness walkers who reached an AMAZING miles...
01/28/2018

A HUGE congratulations and THANK YOU to our Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness walkers who reached an AMAZING milestone --

$101,000 raised to support suicide prevention efforts, and support for those who have lost someone to suicide in our community!

YOU are saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide!

Wonderful Walkers!!It's #GivingTuesday!!Still working hard to reach that fundraising goal?Want to pull your team ahead o...
11/28/2017
Greater Springfield MA Walk

Wonderful Walkers!!

It's #GivingTuesday!!

Still working hard to reach that fundraising goal?

Want to pull your team ahead on the standings by 12/31?

Want to honor a loved one with a donation?

Whatever the reason, SHARE YOUR WALK PAGE on facebook today and encourage your friends to help on #GivingTuesday

Www.afsp.org/greaterspringfieldma

Help us save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk - Greater Springfield, MA's cover photo
11/28/2017

Out of the Darkness Community Walk - Greater Springfield, MA's cover photo

02/17/2017

Looking for a great team fundraising idea??

The Bon Ton in the Westfield Shop has just the thing!

Stop in tonight from 6-8 to learn about Community Days fundraising coupon books!

Or, Email Heather for more information! [email protected]

We are exciting to announce registration for the 2017 Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide is n...
02/14/2017
Greater Springfield MA Walk

We are exciting to announce registration for the 2017 Greater Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide is now OPEN!

Join us as we walk to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide at our NEW LOCATION at School St Park in Agawam!

www.afsp.org/greaterspringfieldma

JOIN US TODAY!

BRAND NEW LOCATION - School St Park in Agawam!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday -- Take a break and remember Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!  Ask your friends, family, and co-wo...
11/28/2016
Springfield MA Walk

Black Friday, Cyber Monday -- Take a break and remember Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!

Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to support AFSP and your Bristol Walk efforts - SHARE your walk page along with #GivingTuesday and let's work together to fight suicide!

www.afsp.org/springfieldma

Event landing page for Springfield MA Walk

11/19/2016
Survivor Day — AFSP

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Survivor Day planned for tomorrow morning at Westfield State University will not go on as scheduled.

The University is canceling events and encouraging students to head home for the weekend as there is little to no water pressure on campus.

We were so looking forward to spending this day with you, and we know so many of you were as well, so please stay tuned for the possibility of a rescheduled date. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

WATCH Survivor Day Live!

You can still participate tomorrow by watching Survivor Day LIVE from 1 - 2:30pm by following this link!
https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/#section2

Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.

09/24/2016
Springfield Walk for Suicide Prevention

Springfield Walk for Suicide Prevention

Hey Springfield Walkers!!

We have a pre-walk challenge for you to get you ready for tomorrow's event!

We are asking you to copy and paste this message on your social media sites...

Did you know Every 12.6 minutes someone dies by suicide?

I challenge 12 friends to donate $12.00 in the next 12 minutes to support suicide prevention and my walk to fight against suicide!

Www.afsp.org/springfieldma

09/24/2016

Hey Springfield Walkers!!

We have a pre-walk challenge for you to get you ready for tomorrow's event!

We are asking you to copy and paste this message on your social media sites...

Did you know Every 12.6 minutes someone dies by suicide?

I challenge 12 friends to donate $12.00 in the next 12 minutes to support suicide prevention and my walk to fight against suicide!

Www.afsp.org/springfieldma

Our thoughts go out to Mia Farrow and her family as they mourn Thaddeus. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide,...
09/22/2016
I've Lost Someone — AFSP

Our thoughts go out to Mia Farrow and her family as they mourn Thaddeus.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

If you have lost someone to suicide, there are resources available.

https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/”

Where Do I Begin? Why did this happen? After losing someone to suicide, you may find yourself asking over and over again, “Why?” Suicide is complicated, but from research we know a lot about it. More than 90% of people who take their own lives have an underlying mental disorder at the time of their…

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Currently there is a bill in MA that is looking for legislators to sign on to it. The bill will require that the National Suicide Hotline number and Crisis Text Line info is added to each school ID in Massachusetts. We are looking for MA residents to PLEASE CALL/EMAIL your legislator TODAY and TOMORROW asking that they co-sign this bill. The last day to call Legislators is FRIDAY. I was hoping you could share this on your page? If you support this bill, you can email or call your legislators, but for both, keep it short and sweet: “As your constituent, I’m calling to ask you to please cosponsor bill Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis' bill # HD3742.(for your Representative,) and Senator Jo Comeford's bill SD2073. (for your Senator) and to make them a priority in this legislative session. Thank you very much!” If you have to leave a voicemail, make sure to include your name, address and phone number. And if your legislator is already a cosponsor, make sure to thank them! FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator Thanks so much, Kim C