Ocean City Walk

Join us on September 25, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Ocean City Walk


Important Event Updates

Because COVID-19 cases are rising in and around the Ocean City area, and in consultation with our partners the Worcester County Health Department, we have to change plans for the 2021 Ocean City Out of the Darkness WalkWe will not be hosting a traditional walk event on Sept 25th. Instead, we would like to offer several options below for all registered walkers to participate:

  • Attend the Evening of Reflection on Friday, September 24th, at the Public Landing Pier in Snow Hill Maryland. The event begins at 6:00 pm, with a floating luminary launch on the Chincoteague Bay at 7:00pm. All luminaries will be provided, and are biodegradable. Participant numbers are limited to 50 and registration is requiredYou can also contact Lisa Shockley at lisa.shockley1@maryland.gov or (443)-754-9689 to register by September 18th.
  • you can walk on September 25th with your team wherever you feel comfortable to walk e.g. the beach, local parks, your neighborhood etc. Or join us in Easton for a small walk event afsp.org/midshoremd. You do not have to register for this event, just email Area Director Kat Olbrich at kolbrich@afsp.org for awareness.
  • if you would like to walk along the beach, pick-up beads and meet others, we invite you to join the AFSP Delaware team on September 12 at Rehoboth Beach Band Stand at 9 am. You do not have to register for this event, just email Area Director Kat Olbrich at kolbrich@afsp.org for awareness.
  • you can also join any of the other 10 Maryland or 4 Delaware Out of the Darkness Walks happening in September and October. You do not have to change registration and can continue to fundraiser for the Ocean City Walk. Dates for the Maryland walks can be found at afsp.org/mdtogether and the Delaware walks are listed at afsp.org/delawarewalk. Please be aware that all walks will have staggered walk times and no traditional opening ceremonies.


You have until Sunday, September 26 at midnight to raise $150 to earn a Together to Fight Suicide shirt. Like last year, we will mail them to your home by early November. Every team that raises an additional $500 between August 6 and September 26, will have their Team Name printed on the back of the shirts.

Honor Beads

If you plan to walk with a team and would like to have some honor beads, you can pick them up at the Worcester County Health Department in Snow Hill or we can mail them to you. Please email Area Director Kat Olbrich at kolbrich@afsp.org with the amount of beads needed and what colors. If you can pick them up, we will connect you with the team at the Health Department. If you want us to mail them, please include your address and allow at least 1 week for shipping. We will have honor beads at the Evening of Reflection on September 24th.


For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Christen Barbierri and Lisa Shockley (lisa.shockley1@maryland.gov) 
Contact Phone: 410-632-3648 
Contact Email: christen.barbierri@maryland.gov



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


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. 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.

Become a Sponsor!

Download the 2021 Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk Sponsor Packet to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities. With sponsorship levels starting at just $250, this is a perfect way for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing benefits and the sooner you sponsor, the more benefits you’ll receive! 

Sponsor T-Shirt Deadline: Extended to September 26, 2021

Sponsorship Questions? Contact Maryland and Delaware Area Director Kat Olbrich at kolbrich@afsp.org or 202-770-8973.


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 September 26 at midnight and we will mail you an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!


Activities of Hope and Healing

Digital Memorial Wall

Click on the pink plus icon to add your story.

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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!