Dutchess & Ulster Counties Walk

Join us on September 26, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Dutchess & Ulster Counties Walk

Event Details 

Date: 09/26/2021
Location: Walkway Over the Hudson, West (Highland) Entrance, 87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY
Quilts/Beads/Resources/T-Shirt Pick-Up/Merchandise: 9:00 am
Walk Starts: 9:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Maria Idoni 
Contact Phone: 914-610-9156 
Contact Email: midoni@afsp.org

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


The walk is rain or shine and fortunately the forecast looks prefect for Sunday!  Due to COVID, we are going to have a ½ hour for you to pick-up your shirt, view the quilts,  take some resources, purchase AFSP apparel. etc.… similar to registration without all the registration.  *Pre-registered participants will no longer need to check-in at the Walk, so we encourage you to register, invite friends, fundraise, and donate in advance to make your day-of event experience as safe and streamlined as possible!
IF you are NOT turning in money at the walk, and you registered online then you are all done with registration and can go directly to the tables.  No need to check-in at the walk!*


 Quilts/Beads/Resources/T-Shirt Pick-Up/Merchandise: 9:00 am

Walk Starts at 9:30 am with a Dove Release


There is parking on site.


The restrooms are open.


We will have water and pre-packaged cookies.


We will have AFSP merchandise to purchase.


The Lifekeeper Memory Quilts will be on display.  We have a NEW 2021 Quilt.


Honor Beads will be available.


Create a #RocktheWalk.


We are very grateful that we can all gather together again in person.  To help us stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you stay home & NOT attend the event if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID.  Here is the link to the CDC’s Corona Virus Self-Checker.: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/coronavirus-self-checker.html?s_cid=ccbot_004#cdc-chat-bot-open


If you are unable to attend because of Corona, please let the walk chair know directly. We will happily mail you AFSP resources and your walk shirt if you qualified.  


Visit this link to listen to Audacy's EXCLUSIVE Out of the Darkness playlist this fall, to provide an inspirational soundtrack no matter where you walk to help #stopsuicide. 

Here’s how you access the AFSP Out of the Darkness station: 

  • Download the Audacy app
  • Search AFSP, click on the “AFSP Out of the Darkness” station & listen!
  • It’s be curated by our music team to be an uplifting soundtrack to support the walk
  • There are about 4 hours of songs – a mix of widely known pop, adult contemporary, rock hits

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide

  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!

Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story.


Raise $150 by 09/26/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Activities of Hope and Healing

Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness 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. There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.


The Out of the Darkness Experience is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.


Thank you for your support!