Lifekeeper Memory Quilts

One of the most visually engaging displays at the Out of the Darkness Walk is the Lifekeeper Memory Quilt, and the 2017 Walk will be no exception.  The Walk committee has received several inquiries about making a quilt or contributing quilt squares, we’ve gathered some information that might be helpful.  Please note, for inclusion in the 2017 Lifekeeper Memory Quilt, there is a deadline of July 31, 2017.

To get started, request a quilt square from AFSP Capital Region Lifekeeper Quilt Organizer Kim Buchanan by calling (518)770-6567 or  She’ll send you a pre-sized piece of fabric for your square; it’s important to use this piece since it’s been measured and cut for uniformity.  Once you receive it, you can start sketching out an idea of how you envision your square to look.  Many choose to have a photo of their loved one transferred on to the square, you can use fabric markers to add name, date of birth, date of death, etc. You can be creative, add appliques, favorite symbols, pictures, animals, any information you wish to add is up to you.  Once completed, the square is mailed back to Kim, no later than July 31, 2017 if you wish it to be included in this year’s quilt.

You can also create a Digital Quilt Square on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website here.

For more information about the Walk, to register a team, be a virtual walker or become a sponsor, visit the North Country Out of the Darkness Walk Page here.

Out of the Darkness Paint & Sip Fundraiser Planned for May 6

Come join the Mental Health Association in Essex County, Inc. and the Essex County Suicide Prevention Coalition in a fun-filled Creative Bloc Paint & Sip event to benefit the 2017 North Country Out of the Darkness Walk.  The cost is $40 and includes all painting supplies, 2 beverages (from a selections of wines or non-alcoholic beverages) and hors d’oeuvres.  Must be pre-paid.  Pay by April 8 for a $5 discount.  Come have fun while supporting a great cause!  Call 518-572-2666 to RSVP, credit cards accepted.  Or pay via Paypal to