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AFSP Arkansas

The work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those who have lost someone to suicide.

About the AFSP Arkansas Chapter

Welcome to the Arkansas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention where our mission is to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

The Arkansas Chapter was honored to receive three awards at the 2020 Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado in January. Chapter volunteers were on hand to accept awards for the following:

2019 Outstanding Chapter Support of Research

2019 Century Club Walk (Little Rock)

2019 Chapter of the Year Small Market

We thank all our volunteers, sponsors, donors and supporters for making this recognition possible.

Arkansas Out of the Darkness Experience UPDATE!

While the Out of the Darkness Walks are going to look different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope.

We hope that you will join us this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience. We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you. Over the next few months, we will be sharing many ways that you can get involved with the Out of the Darkness Experience.

Two ways you can take action now:

  • Out of the Darkness Wellness Challenge

We're kicking off our 2020 Out of the Darkness season with a six week wellness challenge, in partnership with Kilter Rewards. Starting Monday, August 3rd, you'll take action for suicide prevention by tracking your daily activities using the Kilter Rewards app. Join us and show the world that we're #TogetherToFightSuicide.

  • Hope in the Mailbox 

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness walks bring communities across the country together to fight suicide and deliver hope to all who may be struggling with a mental health condition or loss of a loved one. While there may be some limitations on how we can gather in person this year, we can still send hope and let people know that they are not alone. Send Hope in the Mailbox to brighten someone's day.

Out of the Darkness Days

October 3, 2020 - Join others from Northwest Arkansas, Northeast Arkansas, Hot Springs and Mountain Home (Twin Lakes) for an online Out of the Darkness Experience. Find your site here: OOTDExperience1

November 1, 2020 - Join others from Little Rock, Texarkana, and Fort Smith for an online Out of the Darkness Experience. Find your site here: OOTDExperience2

Chapter contact:

Wendy Thompson
Arkansas Area Director

Upcoming events

Talk Saves Lives TM

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

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