Welcome to the Maryland Out of the Darkness Walks Info Page

#BeTheVoice of suicide prevention in Maryland

We're moving forward with plans to host our Out of the Darkness Community Walks in person beginning fall 2021. The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers will be our top priorities as we work with local authorities to make decisions about event details, and we'll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.


Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.


Join an Out of the Darkness Walk Today!

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

September 12, Carroll County Out of the Darkness Walk

September 18, Annapolis Out of the Darkness Walk

September 19, Montgomery County Out of the Darkness Walk

September 25, Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk

September 25, Mid-Shore Out of the Darkness Walk

October 2, Hagerstown Out of the Darkness Walk

October 2, Havre de Grace Out of the Darkness Walk

October 16, Frederick Out of the Darkness Walk

October 23, Howard County Out of the Darkness Walk

October 24, Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk

October 30, Baltimore Out of the Darkness Walk

October 31, Marine Corps Marathon


For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Kat Olbrich 
Contact Phone: 202-770-8973 
Contact Email: kolbrich@afsp.org

For a list of all upcoming events and educational trainings, visit www.afsp.org/maryland


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Maryland State Fact Sheet:

Maryland Chapter Contact:

Kat Olbrich | Area Director | 202-770-8973 | kolbrich@afsp.org


Want to be involved with our Maryland 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 the AFSP Maryland Chapter

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.

The AFSP Maryland Chapter had an incredible year in 2020 because of the efforts of folks like you. When we raise funds, we increase public awareness and make huge strides in education, advocacy, outreach and research. Here are just a few of the highlights from our Chapter this past year:

  • The AFSP Maryland Chapter won Chapter of the Year Mid-Sized Market at the annual AFSP Chapter Leadership Conference for the second time in a row.
  • We adapted all our presentations to virtual, which allowed us to reach 3,000 people. In addition, AFSP rolled out three new programs this spring: Introduction to Supporting Those at Risk, Gizmo’s Pawson Guide for Mental Health (ages 5-11), and It’s Real: Teens and Mental Health (ages 14-18).
  • The Chapter hosted a virtual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event, allowing 90 suicide loss survivors to connect with each other.
  • Trained volunteers continued to provide support for suicide loss survivors through AFSP’s Healing Conversations Program.
  • This February we hosted our 5th Maryland State Capitol Day event. The virtual space allowed many more volunteers to participate and directly connect with their representatives. Chapter board members provided testimonies, written and oral, on several occasions.

Our staff and board members are actively participating in several County Suicide Prevention Coalitions, the Maryland Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Military Service Members, Veterans, and Families, and the 988 State Planning Grant Coalition.