Central Mississippi Walk

Join us on October 2, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Central Mississippi Walk

Join us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide at the Central Mississippi Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, October 2nd! This year, we're offering two options to walk, on the day of the Central Mississippi Community Walk (in-person, as permitted by state and local guidelines on event day) or virtually at a location of your choice (with safe distancing guidelines). Read on for more details!

COVID-19 Update: 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, state AND local guidelines and will continue to share updates in the coming weeks and months.

Event Details

Date: 10/02/2021
Location: Strawberry Patch Park 
Event Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Susie Sheppard 
Contact Phone: 601-941-6069 
Contact Email: susiesheppard@yahoo.com

Join Us Today

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.

Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Central Mississippi Walk.


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

Become an Event Sponsor 

You can be a hero in the fight against suicide!  Click here to view our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities. 

Early Registration & Fundraising Challenge

Your fundraising efforts spark the conversations that inform our communities of the importance of suicide prevention while creating the resources necessary for AFSP's research, education, advocacy, and support programs. An early start is the key to success, so we're providing some incentive for you to register and launch your efforts right away!

Register and raise $150 individually by August 31st*

Every participant who registers as raised $150 or more by August 31st will be eligible to pick up an official Out of the Darkness Community Walk t-shirt  the day of your event, AND we'll mail you an AFSP essentials kit, filled with goodies to help you share your story and raise awareness in your community.

HOPE Stencil sidewalk chalk Out of the Darkness multi-colored wristband

Be The Voice temporary Tattoo

The kit will contain:

  • HOPE stencil and pack of sidewalk chalk so you can share hope in your neighborhood
  • You are Not Alone pin
  • Out of the Darkness sunscreen stick to stay protected while you're spreading the word
  • Out of the Darkness multi-colored wristband to start a conversation
  • Be the Voice temporary tattoos
  • And more!

Team Captains! Build your team to a total of 6 team members AND raise $250 or more as a team by August 31st**

Together To Fight Suicide Trucker Cap

You're eligible to earn the individual gift when you raise $150 or more by August 31st, but we have a bonus offer for team captains, only! Recruit a team of 6 or more and raise at least $250 collectively, and you'll also be eligible for a limited edition Together To Fight Suicide Trucker Hat. This eco-friendly cap is a blend of hemp, cotton, and recycled polyester with a snap back closure. Photo coming soon.


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

Visit your participant hub for tips and tools to help you get started


Not registered yet?


*Each individual participant (including team captains) who raises $150 or more by end of business on August 31, 2021 will receive an AFSP essentials kit, shipped to the address provided upon registration. Please be sure to verify that your mailing address is up to date on your account. 

**The exclusive Together to Fight Suicide trucker cap will be awarded to the team captain only based on a combination of valid names and email addresses for 6 team members (including captain) and a team total raised of $250 or more by end of business on August 31, 2021. Team count and total raised requirements must both be met in order to qualify. Team members' email addresses subject to verification.  The trucker cap will be shipped to the address team captain provided upon registration. Please be sure to verify that your mailing address is up to date on your account. 

Offer valid for fall 2021- spring 2022 Out of the Darkness Community Walk registrations, only. T-shirts will be available for pick-up the day of event, only. Early registration/fundraising gifts will ship to all qualifying individuals and team captains the first week of September.  Donations for fall walks are accepted through December 31st.  View all of our fall 2021-spring 2022 fundraising gifts here.

Register Now

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).

Why Register?

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. The global pandemic has impacted the emotional and economic well-being of many individuals and families, and left many of us to manage a variety of emotions, including feelings of uncertainty. We also know increases in suicide are not a foregone conclusion if we act now to mitigate risk and support the mental health of our friends, families, and neighbors. But we need your help. Every dollar you raise through the Out of the Darkness Walks allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide. 

It’s more important than ever for us to stay connected. Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:

  1. You belong to a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.
  2. We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  3. Mental Health and suicide prevention are more important than ever, and we’re confident that with your help we can reach more people than ever before.

Register Today and help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

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 10/02/2021 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!