Participant Hub

This page is your hub for making the most of your Out of the Darkness experience. AFSP plans to return to in-person events in fall 2021. Learn more here.

News & Updates:

Out of the Darkness Photo Mosaic

Show how our communities across the country are working #TogetherToFightSuicide by uploading your photos to our digital photo mosaic.

National Suicide Prevention Week

September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW), and our theme for this year is Together, We Can Help #StopSuicide. This campaign is built from the idea that when we make time to stay connected to one another, deepen our conversations, and support each other in help seeking, we are strengthening our mental health and preventing suicide.

Mark your calendars for September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. On this date, AFSP will host its first ever, all-day Facebook Live event from 12pm to 8pm ET on @AFSPnational to bring together our communities across the country (and even world) at one place, one time on our national page.

Learn more at afsp.org/NSPW

September 5-11, 2021 is National Suicide Prevention Week Save The Date - September 10, 2021 - World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Live Event

Illustrated Social Media Graphics

We've partnered with some incredible illustrators to bring you a selection of graphics that you can use to help spread the word about the Out of the Darkness Walks. Click the images below to download and share to your social networks.

Together to Fight Suicide Walk To Fight Suicide Together To Fight Suicide Walk To Fight Suicide - Green Background Together To Fight Suicide Light Gray Background
Juntos Para Luchar Contra El Suicidio Caminata Para La Lucha Contra El Suicidio Walk To Fight Suicide Blue Background Caminata Para La Lucha Contra El Suicidio Juntos Para Luchar Contra El Suicidio
Together We Create Hope Together Bringing Hope to Those Affected By Suicide Together To Save Lives Suicide Prevention Starts with Everyday Heroes Like You Prioritize Mental Health
Walk with Us Join Our Out of the Darkness Community You Belong Here You Belong Here Create a Culture That's Smart About Mental Health

AFSP Brand Tools & Guidelines

If you're looking to create your own graphics or t-shirts to promote your involvement with the walks and the work of AFSP while maintaining our brand consistency, please visit afsp.org/brand to view design guidelines and download resources, including logos.

Raise $150 to Receive a Free T-Shirt!

Raise $150+ by Walk day to receive a free shirt! This year is still a bit different, so be sure to check your specific Walk page and emails regarding free shirt distribution. 

Create a Graphic to Share Your Story

Visit our Out of the Darkness Experience Social Share page, where you can type a custom message into a graphic and download a share-ready image. You can also download your background without a message and customize on your phone or computer with any stickers, emojis, and images you want to add before sharing.

Facebook Profile Frames

Brand your social media profile with this Together to Fight Suicide overlay frame to promote your community Out of the Darkness Experience! When selecting an image, it is recommended to use one that is zoomed out from the subject in frame. Click to apply the GREEN frame or the BLUE frame to your Facebook profile (frame images below for reference).

Share Your Story on Instagram

Download our Instagram story backgrounds and show your network that you're part of a community working #TogetherToFightSuicide

Facebook Fundraisers

You can now fundraise for the Out of the Darkness Walks through Facebook, but your Facebook fundraiser must be started through your personal fundraiser portal in DonorDrive for donations to appear on your page. Simply visit your dashboard in the fundraiser portal, then click "Start a Facebook Fundraiser" from the Your Fundraising menu on the right side of the page. You can also view our Facebook Fundraiser FAQ here.

Important: If you start the Fundraiser on Facebook using the "add a donate button feature" or by launching a fundraising campaign such as a birthday fundraiser, donations will be sent to AFSP as general donations from Facebook and will not appear on your page. If you started your fundraiser through Facebook and would like your donations to appear on your walk page, please contact walks@afsp.org as soon as possible for further instructions.

Fundraise with FB and IG Live! Download instructions HERE

Offline Donations 

Have your supporters given you checks made payable to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (or AFSP) to support your fundraising efforts? Download an Offline Donation Form and mail your payment to AFSP, Attn: OOTD Walks, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10038 and it will post to your donation page within 12-18 business days from the date you mail the check. We highly recommend mailing donations in advance of your event to make your Walk experience as safe and seamless as possible.

Share Your Story

Download these flyers to share why you have joined the fight to stop suicide. There is space for you to add a photo, and form fields are highlighted with a gray background. The background will not print on your final document. If you are attempting to use an online printer and are experiencing any other printing issues, please click here for some helpful instructions. You can use these same instructions to “flatten” the PDF, which will make it non editable and suitable for sharing. If you need to convert the PDF to an image file for sharing online, you can learn how to do so here.

Why I Walk Flyer

Custom Social Share Graphics

Let your friends know you're walking to fight suicide by uploading a photo to one of our Out of the Darkness frames to share on social media. Visit https://afsp.org/ootd-walks-custom-shareable

Upload a photo and create a custom message to create a custom graphic that can be shared on your social pages, fundraising page, emails, texts, and more. Check it out at afsp.org/CommunityCustom

Community Walks Custom Social Share Graphic

Achievement Badges

We're excited to announce that you can now earn achievement badges for your personal and team pages for the Out of the Darkness Walks! The following badges are active for all Community Walks:

Achievement Badges

CLICK HERE for badge descriptions and steps you can take to earn badges on your page.


Click on the menu options below for more tips and resources to help you make the most of your experience.

Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or living with a mental health condition can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection.

The Out of the Darkness Walks are journeys of remembrance and events that unite a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.


Honor Bead Colors:

What's your color flyer

What's Your Connection?

Download and share your color(s) on social media:

White beads for the loss of a child

Gold beads for loss of a parent

Red beads for the loss of a spouse or partner
 
Orange beads for the loss of a sibling Purple beads for the loss of a relative or friend Silver beads for the loss of a first responder or military member
Green beads for my personal struggle Teal beads because my loved one struggles Blue beads because I support suicide prevention

Fundraising Graphics & Tools

Guides

Speaking Out About Suicide



Tell your story safely. Download our Speaking Out About Suicide guide.

 


Flyers

Participant Flyer

Download and customize our Participant Flyers by clicking the images above. Share online, in your office, at school, and around your community (as permitted).

Social Share Graphics and Videos

We've included several social share graphics below that will help you promote your walk and your fundraising team. If you like these, click HERE to view our library of social share graphics or click HERE to create your own custom social share graphics.

    

Fundraising Graphics

Click the images below to download and share.

Help me raise money to provide support to those who've lost someone to suicide, through programs like International Survivors of Suicide Loss (ISOSL) Day Help me raise money to save lives by advocating for smart mental health legislation Help me raise money to bring the Interactive Screening Program (ISP) to local colleges and workplaces
Help me raise money to deliver suicide prevention education programs in communities across the U.S. Help me raise money to fund innovative research that will save lives Help me raise money to provide support to those who've lost someone to suicide, through programs like the Survivor Outreach Program


Fact Sheets

Download our Suicide Facts & Figures national fact sheet below or learn state statistics by viewing all of our state fact sheets.

National Suicide Data 2019

Other Tools

Offline Donation Form
Anything other than a credit card donation made online (such as checks and money orders mailed to AFSP or handed in at the event) is considered to be an OFFLINE donation. Please use one form for each offline donation, making sure to clearly print your name and walk city/state on the form. Once we receive and process the donation, it will post to your fundraising page. Please allow 10-15 business days from the date you mail the check for it to appear on your fundraising page.

Itemized Donation Form
Use this form to list several donors for one check (great if you've collected cash from multiple supporters and are sending in a check or money order).

Checks should be made payable to AFSP and mailed to:
AFSP, Attn: OOTD Walks, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10038.

 

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are when companies "match" a charitable gift an employee makes. Reach out to your network to let everyone know that they may be able to double their contribution if their employer has a matching gift program. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, click HERE and type their name into the search bar.

AFSP Financials

AFSP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with primary offices in New York City. All AFSP chapters are considered local offices of the parent organization. Our Federal tax ID # is 13-3393329. AFSP’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 10545. All donations to AFSP are tax deductible.

View our Financials and our latest Annual Report.

Team Captains

Learn more about what it means to be a team captain HERE.

Visit Team Captain Central HERE.

Fundraising Recognition Gifts

Click the flyer for details!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Learn the answers to our most frequently asked questions HERE.

Can't find what you're looking for? Email walks@afsp.org and we'll be happy to help.