Welcome to the 2021 National Capital Area Out of the Darkness Walks

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and while we remain hopeful that we'll be able to gather in person once again this fall, we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines and will continue to share updates in the coming weeks and months.

We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope. And we invite you to join us this Fall or one of our National Capital Area Out of the Darkness Walks in Washington, D.C., Fairfax, Loudoun, or Manassas. We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you, and we will share more details about our exciting plans throughout walk season.

Find Your OOTD Walk below and REGISTER TODAY!
Let's show the world that we are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

National Capital Area OUT OF THE DARKNESS Walks

Manassas - September 19, Harris Pavilion

Loudoun - September 26, Ida Lee Park

Fairfax - October 2, Veterans Amphitheater New Date!

Washington, DC - October 23, Lincoln Memorial


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 chapter. 

Learn more at: afsp.org/chapters

Featured Programs

The AFSP-produced film It's Real: College Students and Mental Health is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced by students, and is intended to be used as part of a school's educational program to encourage help-seeking.

Contact us to bring this program to your school!

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.

Contact Area Director Ellen Shannon to schedule your Talk Saves Lives TODAY!



National Capital Area Chapter Contacts

Ellen Shannon | Area Director | 646-632-5189 | eshannon@afsp.org