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Out of the Darkness Walks and Program Info Page


#BeTheVoice of suicide prevention in North Carolina

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are particularly important events for the AFSP North Carolina Chapter. The Walks are our largest fundraisers and provide significant financial support to keep our programs and services free of charge to help individuals and families affected by suicide. COVID-19 has not stopped the mental health needs of our community and we continue to provide free programs every day. 

We are hopeful that everyone is able to join us in-person this year. A huge thank you to everyone who has already registered, started a team and/or made donations. We are grateful for your support!


Join an Out of the Darkness Walk Today!

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention North Carolina Chapter hosts Out of the Darkness Walks throughout the state each fall. Register today for a Walk near you and join us as we walk to fight suicide.

Please select one of the Out of the Darkness Walks from the list below to get registered.

Western NC 

Charlotte Metro

Central Carolina

Triad Area

Wilmington Area

Central Piedmont


Northeastern North Carolina 

NC Together Virtual Community Walk


Featured Programs

By featuring real stories and experiences, It’s Real conveys that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help.

We hope it inspires you to have a #RealConvo today! 


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

Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.  Check out a 30 second promo video HERE.

Contact Area Director Catherine English (cenglish@afsp.org) to schedule your Talk Saves Lives TODAY!



Through our educational programs, we teach schools, communities, and workplaces how to best prevent suicide and create a culture that is smart about mental health. AFSP currently has over 30 educational programs. Many of these programs are brought to your local communities free of charge because of the funds raised from our Out of the Darkness Walks.

We provide the opportunity for local volunteers to be trained to present our community and school based programs such as Talk Saves Lives, More Than Sad, and It’s Real.

For a list of all programs and support services, visit www.afsp.org


NC State Fact Sheet:

Connect with your local chapter to get more involved and keep updated with programs and activities all year long.

North Carolina Chapter Contacts:

Catherine English | Area Director | 919-218-3730 | cenglish@afsp.org

Sarah Cothren | Associate Area Director | 919-356-2488 | scothren@afsp.org


Want to be involved with our North Carolina Chapter? If you're interested in learning more please complete our online volunteer form HERE and someone from our chapter will contact you! 

Thank You for Supporting AFSP!


About our AFSP chapters

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