Bismarck/Mandan Walk

Join us on September 26, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Bismarck/Mandan Walk

Event Details

Date: 09/26/2021
Location: North Dakota State Capitol Building 
Registration: 12:00 pm
Event Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Evelyn Alt & Sam Christopherson (701-371-1194, 
Contact Phone: 701-220-1135 
Contact Email:

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 Bismarck/Mandan Walk.


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


Walk Details- In-person: We walk on Sunday, September 26th at the Northwest parking lot of the Capitol building. Activities start at 12:00 pm and the Opening Ceremony begins at 2:00 pm. All funds raised support mental health research, prevention education, advocacy, and support for loss survivors. There is not a fee to register, but anyone who raises $150 by September 26th will receive an Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Walk Details- Virtual: If you can’t make it to the capitol building, we invite walkers and teams to safely walk in neighborhoods and parks across our community! This is an opportunity to bring our messages of hope and awareness to the places we call home, so carry your Honor & Remembrance signs, wear your OOTD walk t-shirts and beads with pride, and share your experiences on social media! 

Virtual Closing Ceremony- We invite all virtual and in-person walkers to attend the Out of the Darkness State-Wide Closing Ceremony on Saturday, October 16th at 10 am, a day of virtual Out of the Darkness activities. 

No matter if you are virtual or in person, remember we are always together to fight suicide.  

Day of Schedule for our in-person portion of the walk:  

12:00: AFSP Pop-Up Shop, Honor Beads and Team Photos begin, T-shirt pick up (for walkers who raise $150 and over!)  Memory Wall, and other activities open. Food Trucks will be open for you to purchase lunch if you get hungry. 

1:00: Music begins and all activities will be open. 

2:00: Opening Ceremony begins and then we walk! It will be an afternoon full of hope! 

Friendly leashed dogs with responsible humans are also invited to walk with us! You can also purchase your AFSP doggy bandanna at the pop-up shop!


We will be walking after the Opening Ceremony that begins at 2:00 pm. This is our walking route

Healing Activities: We invite you to print a picture, poem, something that reminds you of your loved one to add to our memory wall! Please do not bring your original copy as we will be outside. 

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.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Bismarck/Mandan Walk Sponsorship Packet.  With opportunities for sponsorship starting at only $250, this is the perfect chance for both large and small businesses to help play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community.  All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits.

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. View our event page on Facebook. 

  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 09/26/2021 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


Thank you for your support!