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#AFSPIndiana Chapter NewsHaving trouble viewing this email? Click here Hi, just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Indiana Chapter. Don't forget to add lbrattain@afsp.org to your address book so we'll be sure to land in your inbox!  You may unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive our emails.Make Mental Health a Priority in 2018!Whether you have 20 hours per week to devote to volunteering or 20 minutes - there is an opportunity for YOU to get involved in changing the culture of mental health in Indiana.  
Please think about why mental wellness and suicide prevention are important to you and put that to work by doing your part to make a difference in 2018.  
If you have a few hours per week... You can: 
*plan an Out of the Darkness Walk for a community that needs to raise awareness*join a committee for an existing walk in Indiana and help expand the local efforts.  *work with the chapter to bring a prevention training to your community: email Indiana@afsp.org*join the education committee*join the survivor support initiatives committee*plan an ISOSL day event for November 2018 for Survivors of Suicide Loss in your area*host a tabling event to distribute resource materials at local events in your community*start a survivor of suicide loss support group*sign up to be a Survivor Outreach Visit Volunteer:  Click Here
If you only have an hour or less per week... You can:
*Become a registered Field Advocate, all from the comforts of home, you can help drive political  will for suicide prevention by sending a simple email to your House & Senate members,  sending a letter or making a short phone call to the Legislative Aid for each member.  Our Public Policy Office helps you shape the language needed to inspire action:  Click Here to learn more.*help raise awareness by following #AFSPIndiana on your favorite social channels, and share often to drive healthy mental health conversation with your social community:       
*write your #WhyIAdvocate story to share with our Hoosier legislative members on February 20th (contact Tammy Coston for more details) Tamcoston@yahoo.com
*write your #WhyIWalk story to share on our social channels for walk season.  You can include a picture of your loved one, and your reasons for walking in an Out of the Darkness Walk.  Your story should only be 1 paragraph (130 words or less), and attach a jpeg file of the picture you would like to accompany the story.  Please send #WhyIWalk stories to Lisa at Lbrattain@afsp.org
Complete the online Volunteer Application Today:  Indiana Volunteer Application 
Visit Our WebsiteUpcoming Events

AFSP Advocacy Day: February 20, 2018
Butler University Campus Walk: March 25, 2018
Plymouth Spring/Campus Walk: April 14, 2018
Connersville Spring/Campus Walk: June 9, 2018
Indianapolis Ride to Fight Suicide - Motorcycle Ride: June 24, 2018
 Link to Chapter Event Calendar Page
Survivor Resources

If you, or someone you know has experienced a suicide loss, and you need to find opportunities to connect to resources and people that understand the difficulties you are experiencing, please click the Hot Pink like below.  From practical information for immediately after a loss, to finding recommendations for reading materials, support groups, our Survivor Day Documentaries, or International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day events in November each year - we have many ways to help you connect with the resources that might be helpful to you and your family. Click Below
For survivors looking for a Mental Health Professional that is knowledgeable about bereavement after suicide and willing to provide grief therapy for survivors: this list on our website is organized by state, and these individuals have completed the SBTCP workshop hosted by AFSP:  Click Here
AFSP and The Dougy Center have created an important document for individuals that care for children and teens that have experienced a suicide loss is linked here
AFSP Indiana Chapter offers a unique service for Survivors of Suicide Loss called the Survivor Outreach Program.  This program is peer support for survivors of suicide loss.  You are not alone.  You can request a visit with a trained survivor of suicide loss in Indiana - Click Here

 Link to Survivors of Suicide Loss Resources
AFSP Out of the Darkness Walks

Participating in an Out of the Darkness Walk can be overwhelming to individuals that struggle with a mental health condition. It can also be overwhelming to survivors of suicide loss to be in a large crowd.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  Please keep in mind that these events are for YOU!  Most of these events are planned by people that have been impacted by suicide themselves.  They want to help build a safe place in the community for individuals to come together to find support, encourage HOPE and help people connect to resources for recovery.  This is where our community starts!  We hope you will join us for a 2018 walk.  
We host Campus Walks in the spring, which are open to the community - with more events posting soon.  Campus Walks offer an opportunity for us to work with the school communities to encourage informed mental health conversations with our youth.  If you are interested in bringing a campus walk to your school, we are happy to help!
We host Community Walks in the Fall.  Fall walks will begin posting to our website for 2018 this week.  Please keep any eye out for the walk in your city and Save The Date.  Indianapolis 2018 - September 15Chesterton 2018 - September 16
If you would like to host an Out of the Darkness Walk in your community, please let us know by contacting Lisa at LBrattain@afsp.org

 Link to our walks website
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