Together, Let’s Walk

Just imagine if we could walk together toward a world without suicide.

Together, we can.

Since 2002, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walks have brought friends, neighbors, family members and colleagues together to walk through their communities to raise public awareness and funds to support suicide prevention.

Twenty years ago, few could picture people coming together to walk for suicide prevention. Since then, roughly two and a half million Walkers have participated in the Out of the Darkness Walks, covering nearly 20,000 miles.

By participating in a Community, Campus or Overnight Walk, people across the country help others know they are not alone, and raise awareness that more must be done in support of mental health and suicide prevention.

Those walking with us step into a growing movement of people who walk for a loved one lost, in support of someone struggling, for their own mental health journey and to connect with others who understand. The Out of the Darkness Walks remind us that no one walks alone and that hope is always present.

Funds raised by the Out of the Darkness Walks go directly to prevention education programs in local schools and workplaces; support for those who’ve lost loved ones; advocacy for critical mental health and suicide prevention legislation; and scientific research that helps us learn more how we can save more lives.


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Maggie Alston Volunteer Spotlight

Community Walks

The Community Walks are how many people first learn about AFSP. They are the seeds that help grow our local chapters, volunteer base, and the awareness of suicide prevention we see today. Through the Community Walks, taking place in-person as well as through virtual and hybrid events due to the pandemic, people across the country are welcomed into a supportive family that understands and is united together in the fight to #StopSuicide.

  • 415 Community Walks
  • 162k participants
  • 19k teams
  • Nearly $19.9M raised
Kyle Morrison Volunteer Spotlight

Campus Walks

Students are more aware of the importance of protecting their mental health than ever before – and so are their families, faculty members and staff at schools across the country. Teens and young adults also want to be there for their friends. The Campus Walks, almost all of which were held in person this year, enabled schools and their communities to speak out about suicide prevention, and send the message that help is always available.

  • 154 Campus Walks
  • 23k participants
  • 1900 teams
  • $1.5M raised
Mary & Amy Volunteer Spotlight

The Overnight

The Overnight is AFSP’s flagship Walk event, in which thousands of people gather in a special host city each year to walk 16+ miles from dusk to dawn, signaling that we truly are bringing suicide out of the darkness. Through many participants’ difficult experiences of loss and struggle, a powerful sense of hope is achieved. The conversations that take place along the route, between family members, friends, loss survivors and those with lived experience – as supporters lining the route cheer them on – create connections that often last years. Some participants return annually to reunite with people they’ve walked with before and mark the passage of their own healing journeys.

The 2022 Overnight, held in New York City on June 4, signaled a triumphant return to an in-person Overnight Walk after two years of Virtual Overnights due to the pandemic. This year’s Overnight boasted a record-breaking 33 North Stars – individuals who fundraised $10k or more – signaling the passion and commitment of our Walkers to make possible all of AFSP’s efforts, including research, education, advocacy, loss support and more.

  • Over 1,500 Overnight Walkers, Crew, and Volunteers
  • $2.9M raised
  • Over 100 virtual participants
  • 421 Walk teams

Read more about the 2022 Overnight.

This year’s Overnight resulted in the most media coverage the event has ever received, including stories from CBS and NBC.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors, Boehringer Ingelheim, Scimentum, and the South Street Seaport Museum.

Praise from Overnight Participants

“I feel even more open to sharing my story. The first time I shared with my network (aside from close family and friends) that my sister died by suicide was through my Overnight fundraising. I became less ashamed to share it and more willing to try to break the stigma associated with suicide by sharing it openly.”

“My life has forever changed since my first Overnight.”

“The Overnight is a healthy and healing experience, for body and soul. Being in the company of other suicide loss survivors has helped me overcome my sense of feeling so alone. Raising both awareness and much-needed funds for AFSP is very gratifying.”

“This was my third in-person event. You never know how much room is left for your heart to grow until you experience The Overnight.”

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