Northeastern North Carolina Virtual Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Northeastern NC Walk

IMPORTANT UPDATE (9/13/21): We will be holding the Northeastern NC  Out of the Darkness Walk virtually on November 13,2021. The safety and well-being of our volunteers, walkers and staff are our primary concern and it is important  for our community to show survivors of suicide, those that are struggling with a mental illness, and those that support suicide prevention and awareness that we hear them, stand with them and fight for them, even in the hardest of times.  Even during a pandemic.  The walk committee and event sponsors appreciate your support!

  • PART ONE of our event will be a Virtual Opening Program at 12 noon. All participants who register online will be sent info to join the program, which will bring together all walkers for a single high-impact event. The Virtual Opening Program will include an Honor Beads Ceremony and so much more.
  • PART TWO of our event will be a Local Walk Challenge immediately following the opening program. All Out of the Darkness participants will be challenged to walk in their neighborhoods, on campus, at a park, or even on a treadmill indoors ….. then via social media, we will share photos, miles/steps taken, words of encouragement, “I Walk For” posters, video clips, and more.

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 Northeastern NC Walk.


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

Will you help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

The Out of the Darkness Northeastern NC Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

We are moving forward with plans to host the walk virtually on Saturday, November 13, 2021. By registering, you are joining 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.

Every dollar you raise through the Northeastern NC Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

Event Details                                                                                                          

Date: November 13, 2021
Location: Virtual   
Event Time:  12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: John Clingman Chappell 
Contact Phone: 252-706-4259 
Contact Email:


Registration & Walk FAQs

When and where is the event taking place?
The event is taking place virtually on Saturday, November 13th. Information about how to participate in the event while be sent to all registered walkers prior to the walk. 


Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate, but as a fundraising event we encourage you to try and solicit donations in your community!


How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a minimum $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!


How do I set up my personal fundraising page?
If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.


For additional questions, please email

How You Can Help

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Central Piedmont Walk shows the community that your business cares about mental health and suicide prevention. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Contact Sarah Cothren for more.

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

Please be sure to use the following: @NCTogether, #TogetherToFightSuicide


Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by November 13th and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

These easy action steps will get you started! 






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.

About the Walk

Formerly known as the Greater Elizabeth City Walk, the Northeastern North Carolina OOTD Walk has grown -- & now includes ALL of Northeastern North Carolina, including Gates/Gatesville, Tyner, Ryland, Belvidere, Center Hill, Rocky Hock, Edenton, Hertford, Parkville, Mount Hermon, Nixonton, Salem, Shiloh, Harvey Point, Holiday Island, Winfall, Woodville, Elizabeth City, Weeksville, Camden, Providence, South Mills, Moyock, Crawford, Barco/Currituck, Powell's Point, Fruitville, Corolla, Duck, & Poplar Branch!

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 August 20 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt at the event. Walkers who raise $150 after August 20 will receive their shirt in the mail in early January. Shirts will be mailed to the address used to register so please ensure accuracy. 

Interested in Sponsoring the Northeastern NC Out of the Darkness Walk?

Show your community that you care about mental health and suicide prevention.   
Check out our sponsorship packet and choose the sponsorship level that works for you.

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


Thank you for your support!