Mineral Area Walk

Join us on October 9, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Mineral Area Walk


Event Details

Date: 10/09/2021
Location: Engler Park 
Event Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


We want to thank you for registering for the 5th Annual Mineral Area Out of The Darkness Walk to be held in Farmington, MO. We have looked forward to the 2021 OOTD Walk and to getting back in person. That being said, after much deliberation and local guidance, Megan and I have decided the in-person 2021 OOTD Walk to be held in Farmington is being converted to a hybrid walk due to the severe rise in Covid-19 in our community. 

We will be hosting a virtual event in its place.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - Why We Walk Wednesday
Starting at 8:00 AM and lasting throughout the day we ask everyone to post a photo and message or video of why they are involved in the walk or why this cause is important to them on the event page or their social media platforms with #OOTDMineralArea and #TogetherToFightSuicide. Everyone who participates and are registered for the Mineral Area Walk will be entered into a drawing to win a suicide prevention t-shirt.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - Paws for Prevention
Starting at 8:00 AM and lasting throughout the day we ask everyone to flood Facebook with photos or videos of you and your pets walking at local dog parks, parks or in your neighborhood wearing suicide prevention gear, in front of yard signs or with posters to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. Use #OOTDMineralArea and #Paws4PreventionMineralArea when posting your photos or videos. Everyone who participates and are registered for the Mineral Area Walk will be entered into a drawing to win a suicide prevention t-shirt.

Friday, October 8, 2021 - AFSP 101
AFSP 101 will be held at 6:30 PM via Zoom. All registered walkers will receive the Zoom link by e-mail. Everyone who attends the AFSP 101 presentation will be entered into a drawing to be one of 2 winners for a suicide prevention t-shirt. The winners will be drawn at the end of the presentation. Winners must be present at time of drawing. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021 - Engler Park
From a10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - During this time you can walk at your leisure with your team, pick up your earned 2021 walk t-shirt, pick up community resource packets, beads, and purchase AFSP gear. We highly encourage walkers to walk with their teams in their neighborhoods wearing their gear, carrying their signs and/or photos of loved ones lost to suicide to help raise awareness. Post photos to social media using #OOTDMineralArea and #TogetherToFightSuicide.  Everyone registered for the Mineral Area Walk who posts photos to the Facebook event will be entered into a drawing for a suicide prevention t-shirt.

Funds raised help support Advocacy efforts at the state and national levels, bring suicide prevention education to our state, support lostt and healing programs and help fund research in this area of study to promote continued education in the field to help #stopsuicide.

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Whitney Shumway & Megan Harter (573-315-9208, meganfrm1@gmail.com) 
Contact Phone: 573-330-0906 
Contact Email: whitney.shumway.afsp@gmail.com

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


Get Registered

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. 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.

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.


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.

After you register be sure to share that you joined the fight to #stopsuicide by sharing one of these social shareables for the Mineral Area walk.

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 10/09/2021 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.

There will be an in person Honor Bead Ceremony along with a Memory Video playing throughout the day, Messages of Hope and an opportunity for individuals to share original songs and poems. During the closing ceremony you will be able to participate in Letter's to Loved Ones.


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. Local mental Health providers from our communities will be on site with resources. Those attending will have the chance talk to representatives and have your questions about their services answered.


Thank you for your support!