Welcome to the Maryland Out of the Darkness Walks Info Page

#BeTheVoice of suicide prevention in Maryland

We can’t wait to see you at the 2022 Maryland Out of the Darkness Community Walks!

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

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

 

Facebook Fundraiser Challenge May 1st - May31st

Follow these steps and win a brand new #MoreForMentalHealth Campaign shirt (*or any other t-shirt from our AFSP store).

STEP 1: Register for a Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk - continue to scroll to see the full list
STEP 2: Connect your Fundraising Page with a Facebook Fundraiser. Watch this quick video for 'how to' instructions
STEP 3: Raise $100 or more through your Facebook Fundraiser by May 31 at midnight.
STEP 4: We will email you early June to ask about your shirt preference, best mailing address, and shirt size.
*if you registered before May 1 and started fundraising through Facebook, you automatically qualify for this challenge.

  

 

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 10, Carroll County Out of the Darkness Walk

September 17, Annapolis Out of the Darkness Walk

September 18, Montgomery County Out of the Darkness Walk

October 1, Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk

October 1, Hagerstown Out of the Darkness Walk

October 1, Havre de Grace Out of the Darkness Walk

October 8, Mid-Shore Out of the Darkness Walk

October 15, Frederick Out of the Darkness Walk

October 22, Howard County Out of the Darkness Walk

October 23, Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk

October 29, Baltimore Out of the Darkness Walk

October 30, Marine Corps Marathon

 

For more information and to help organize a walk, please contact:

Kat Olbrich 
Maryland and Delaware Area Director
202-770-8973 
kolbrich@afsp.org

Michelle Vorpahl 
Maryland and Delaware Associate Area Director
609-234-1600 
mvorpahl@afsp.org

 

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

 

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Maryland Chapter Contact:

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

Michelle Vorpahl | Associate Area Director | 609-234-1600 mvorpahl@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 2021 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:

  • We adapted all our presentations to virtual, which allowed us to reach 2,000 people. In addition, AFSP rolled out three new programs: Introduction to Supporting Those at RiskGizmo’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 50 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, 2022 we hosted our 6th Maryland State Capitol Day event. Chapter board members provided testimonies, written and oral, on several occasions. 130 emails were sent to 76 legislative offices to urge them to take action on mental health and suicide prevention policies. Volunteers attended 45 plus meetings with legislators to share how mental health and suicide impacted their lives. The Chapter also participated in the FundMD988 Campaign to support Maryland’s local Crisis Centers when the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline switches from a 10-digit number to 9-8-8 on July 16, 2022.

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, the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention, the Maryland Behavioral Health Coalition, the 988 State Planning Grant Coalition, and FundMD988 Coalition.