Oakland/Rochester/Macomb Walk

Join us on September 10, 2022


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/10/2022
Walk Location: Stony Creek Metropark, Eastwood Beach
Registration Start Time: 9:00 am
Walk Program Start Time: 10:30 am
Walk Start Time: 11:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Lisa Matway (she/her) & Diane Derenge (she/her) 
Contact Phone: 586-419-0384 
Contact Email: oaklandmacombootd@gmail.com

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Oakland/Rochester/Macomb Walk  


The Out of the Darkness Community Walk 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 health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for support and/or resources, please visit www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.


Returning participant? Thank you for being a Walk Alumni! When you click the register button be sure to click the blue Login link under "Been Here Before?"

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your 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). View this video tutorial for more help.

There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates!

Click below to get started!


And don't forget about all the ways you can FUNdraise!


Ways You Can Help

Volunteer at the Event

Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them! 

Send an email to oaklandmacombootd@gmail.com to sign-up today! Thank you!


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Oakland/Rochester/Macomb Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/10/2022 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!   Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.  

Do you have a furry pet at home who loves to go for a walk? We would love for you to join us with your fur baby to walk out of the darkness together! When you donate a minimum amount of $10 to Paws for Prevention, you will be awarded with an official AFSP doggy bandana at the Paws for Prevention table on the day of the Walk. For more information and to purchase your bandana in advance (pick up on Walk day), check out Paw for Prevention.

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks 

Join the Walk event on Facebook!

Stay up to date with the Michigan Chapter on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!

Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central


Be sure to follow all of the steps after registering to get that fundraising going! *Update your page and pic * Make a self-donation* Utilize Participant Hub *

Create a FB Fundraiser through your account or it will not connect to your page! This is super easy in the app btw (wink wink) 


Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.

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


If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150

Can I register at the Walk? Yes!  You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.


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 parking? Yes, but know that there is a $10 per vehicle entrance fee to Metropark.

What is the walk route? The route will be approximately 3 miles, but walk what you choose! If you prefer to not walk and hang out at the event site, you are welcome to do so. Path is  combination of paved and unpaved terrain.


Can I bring my dog? Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk! Make sure to bring water/ water bowl for your pet, we don't want our furry friends to get parched! Be sure to visit our Paws for Prevention table to get your pet swag!


Other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.

For additional questions, please email oaklandmacombootd@gmail.com


Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, pick-up beads at the Honor Bead tent, and more!

Free certified Flow Style Yoga Session provided by F45 Shelby 26 Mile.  Participants will need to bring their own yoga mat.  Comfortable clothing is recommended.  

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.

Hope & Healing

Share messages of hope and remembrance.

Remembrance Tent:
Please bring a photo of your loved one to be honored in our remembrance tent.


Register by clicking the button at the top of the page


Thank you participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741-741