Good mental health is important for all students, but athletes have unique experiences that warrant specific attention. During this discussion, athletes, parents, and coaches can learn more about:

-coping with injuries and losses
-managing pressure and stress
-managing mental illness while maintaining performance
-transitioning from high school to college
-managing the athlete identity

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Help Rattle the Stars raise awareness about mental illness and suicide by marching in the Champaign County Freedom Celebration July 4th Parade. The parade theme is “Celebrate America” and we are going to “Celebrate our Strength” in facing mental illness. We would like all participants to carry a sign naming the condition that has affected their life (e.g. suicide, self-harm, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, etc.). This can be a condition that affects you personally or affects someone you love. We will be playing upbeat motivational songs about strength and survival. Our goal is to illustrate how many people are touched by mental illness and to let others know that we are strong when we come out of hiding and stand together.

We will have a truck and trailer available for those who can’t (or don’t want to) walk the route. Bikes and strollers are also welcome. Water will be provided, but participants will need to provide their own candy to distribute if they choose. Tshirts will be available (see the post for the design).

A few rules for participants:
Candy cannot be thrown, and can only be handed out to spectators.
Distribution of any other items is prohibited.
Pets are welcome, but must be cleaned up after.

Stay tuned for updates and final organizing information!


Join Rattle the Stars in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk!

Join Our Team!

Walk Date: 09/24/2016
Walk Location: Crystal Lake Park, Large Pavilion - Champaign, IL
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/24/2016 at 11:00 am
Walk Begins: 12:00 pm
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Champaign Urbana Walk Committee
Contact Phone: 312-890-2377
Contact Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.