Triad Area Walk

Join us on October 9, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Triad Area Walk

IMPORTANT UPDATE (9/17/21):  We will be holding the Triad Area Out of the Darkness Walk virtually. 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 and have a three part event planned for you!

October 9th - Join us for a virtual Triad Out of the Darkness walk on Saturday, October 9th from 9:30-10:30am.

Even though we are unable to meet in person, we are hosting live on Facebook and encouraging the community to join us from their personal spaces as we walk to fight suicide. Register for the walk today to receive all of the details on how to join on Saturday, October 9th. We are extending the time to register and receive your t-shirt. Raise $150 by October 4 and you can pick up your t-shirt at our November T-shirt and Resource Pickup Event.  Anyone raising $150 after October 4 will be mailed their t-shirt after all of the events using the address entered during registration.

Be part of our event by sending the name and photos of your loved ones to be included in our virtual program as we honor and remember those lost and struggling. Names and photos must be received by October 1 and submission indicates your permission for its use online and on social media. Send to

November 6th – Triad T-shirt and Resources Pick-up Event. Mark your calendars! Details will be available soon on when and where you can pick up your shirt (if you raised $150 by October 4th) and your Triad Area Community Resource bag.

November 13th – NC Together: Turning Hope into Action. Save the Date!  Join us as the AFSP NC Chapter comes together for a day of hope and healing. Details will be available 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.

Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Central Carolina 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 Triad Area Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

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 Triad Area Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide. Our walk chair, committee and sponsors thank you!


Event Details                                                                                                          

Triad Area Virtual Walk:

Date: October 9, 2021
Location: Facebook Live  
Event Time:  9:30am 

Triad T-Shirt and Community Resource Bag Pick-Up Event

Date: November 6, 2021
Location: Details available soon   
Event Time: Times posted soon

NC Together Virtual Day of Hope

Date: November 13, 2021
Location: Virtual    
Event Time:  Times posted soon

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Vivian Perez-Chandler
Contact Email:


Registration & Walk FAQs

When and where is the event taking place?
The Triad Area Walk is taking place  on Saturday, October 9 virtually on Facebook Live. The Triad Area Walk T-shirt and Community Resource Bag pick-up event will be held on November 6. Register for the walk to receive full details. This will be  followed by a virtual event on Saturday, November 13th. 


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 Triad Area 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! Raise funds by October 4 to receive your shirt at the T-shirt pickup event.

These easy action steps will get you started! 



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 October 4 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt at the pick-up event on Nvoember 6. Walkers who raise $150 after October 4 will receive their shirt in the mail after all of the events. Shirts will be mailed to the address used to register so please ensure accuracy. 

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!