Fairfax Walk

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Congratulations to the National Capital Area Chapter and the Fairfax OOTD Walk, winners of the following 2022 AFSP Chapter Leadership Awards recognizing their outstanding achievements in 2021:

AFSP's Overall Chapter of the Year: National Capital Area
Out of the Darkness Century Club: Fairfax

See 2021 Fairfax Walk Photos

Event Details

Walk Date: 10/01/2022
Walk Location: Veterans Amphitheater-10485 Armstrong St
Walk Event Timeline:

• 11:00 AM: Check-in / Registration / Pre-Walk Activities
• 12:30 PM: Opening Ceremony 
• 1:00 PM: Walk Begins 
• 2:30 PM: Event Ends

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ellen Shannon 
Contact Phone: 646-632-5189 
Contact Email: eshannon@afsp.org

Upcoming Pre-Walk Events & Opportunities

Fairfax Out of the Darkness Kickoff Party Wednesday, July 27th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Patriots Pub & Grill (Fairfax, VA).

Join the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) to celebrate the start of Fairfax's Out of the Darkness Walk Season! Meet your fellow Fairfax lifesavers and enjoy complimentary refreshments (soda and adult beverages), buffet, activities, and more! Ticket Price: FREE  for registered walkers Please RSVP Here


Fairfax Luminaria Display Friday, September 9th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Vienna Town Green (Vienna, VA) 

Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s National Capital Area Chapter (AFSP-NCAC) on for our 2022 Fairfax Luminaria Display. There, we will be displaying luminarias made by our Fairfax Out of the Darkness Walk participants in honor and remembrance of the loved ones from whom they walk. Please see details and RSVP Here


Visit afsp.org/NCAC for all upcoming chapter events and programs

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Fairfax 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!



Download the 2022 Fairfax Walk's Sponsor Packet to learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities. With sponsorship levels starting at just $250, this is a perfect way for large and small businesses to play a leadership role in making suicide prevention a priority in our community. To recognize your support, we have developed a variety of options to elevate your brand awareness and align your business with a good cause! For information about sponsor levels and benefits, please see the enclosed Sponsor Opportunities & Benefits and Sponsor Agreement. 

Sponsor T-Shirt Deadline: 8/26/2022

Overall Sponsor Deadline: 9/16/2022 

Ways You Can Help

Volunteer at the Event

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

Fill out our Volunteer Application to learn more about volunteers opportunities with the Walk and throughout the AFSP National Capital Are Chapter and find the right fight fit for you!

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Download our Sponsor Packet to learn how you can help stop this leading cause of death.

Sponsor T-Shirt Deadline: 8/22/2022

Overall Sponsor Deadline: 9/16/2022 

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

Raise $150+ by 10/01/2022 and receive the official 22 Fairfax Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the t-shirt and other Recognition Program gifts are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.  

More Team & Walker Rewards!

Earn recognition, a team table and/or tent at the Walk, invitations to VIP events, AFSP swag, and more through our Team & Walker Rewards!

Rewards Deadline: 9/16/2022

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Follow us on Social!

AFSP National Capital Area Chapter: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter.

Please use #StopSuicideNCAC to connect our local community served by the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC)!

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

* Check out our Top 10 Tips & To Dos!

* 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) 


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

Q: What if it rains?
A: The event is rain or shine.

Q: Is there a fundraising minimum?
A: 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!

Q: Is the event/Walk kid-friendly?  
A: Yes!  We will have lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy and the route is paved and stroller-friendly. However, the pre-walk event will take place in a grassy field which can be difficult to navigate with a stroller, especially if it has recently rained.

Q: Can I bring my dog?  
A: Yes!  Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.

Q: Must-have items I should bring?  
A: We recommend bringing comfy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, reusable water bottles, donations, and money to purchase your AFSP swag!

Q: If I come alone, will someone walk with me?  
A: Yes! Volunteer Walk Buddies will be on-site to walk with anyone who does not want to walk alone. You will be able to identify volunteer Walk Buddies by their orange t-shirts that say "Walk Buddy."

Q: Can I bring my own table/tent/chairs for my team?  
A: No. However, you do have the opportunity to have AFSP provide your team a tent and/or table at the Walk by earning them through our Team & Walker Rewards


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

Q: Can I register at the Walk?  
A: Yes!  You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until 12/31/2022.

Q: Where can I park?  
A: Attendees may park in the lot behind City Hall and overflow street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods (east of George Mason Blvd. and west of Chain Bridge Rd.). There are also several public parking lots and garages throughout Historic Fairfax and the Courthouse complex. We do recommend you arrive early to ensure you get a space close to the event. 

Q: Will there be food/drink available?  
A: Water and light snacks will be provided by AFSP for volunteers and registered walkers only.

Q: What is the Care Team?  
A: Care Team members are volunteer mental health professionals who will be on-site to talk to anyone who may need support at the Walk. You will be able to identify them by their purple t-shirts that say "Care Team."

Q: What if my group gets separated?  
A: We advise guests to use the Family Art Activity Tent at a meet-up location or to alert the DJ at the stage to make an announcement over the sound system.



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

Q: What is the Walk Route?  
A: The walk route is approximately 1.9 miles long, paved, and relatively flat. Walkers can absolutely bring strollers on the walk with them as this event is for the whole family. Walk Route Map

Q: Will there be restrooms on-site?  
A: Yes! There will be on-site porta potties available for registered walkers and volunteers.

Q: Where do I go for First Aid?  
A: A first aid kit can be found at the Volunteer Check-in tent. We will also have police officers on-site who can help provide first aid assistance as well. And, of course, if there is an emergency or you need immediate care while out on the Walk Route, please dial 911.

Q: Who may I contact with questions?  
A: AFSP-NCAC Area Director Ellen Shannon at eshannon@afsp.org.




Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

* Get your AFSP swag!

* Pick up you Walk t-shirt (for $150+ fundraising walkers) and collect your other earned Team & Walker Rewards!

* Get your AFSP swag!

* Hope & Healing Activities

* Family Art Activities / Face Painting

* Resources Fair

* Team Photo Area

* So much more!

Honor Beads

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

We will also host an Honor Beads Ceremony during the Opening Program just before the start of the Walk.

Resources Fair

Exhibitors are invited to participate in our Resources Fairs to present materials related to resources offered by the exhibitor which serve the AFSP’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Learn more & apply to exhibit here.

Hope & Healing

Walkers will have the opportunity to participate in activities of Hope & Healing, including:

Order a personalized Honor & Remembrance Sign to be displayed on the Walk Route. Order Deadline: 9/16/2022

* Add to the Honor & Remembrance Chain

* Make a personalized "I'm Walking For" button


Thank You to our NCAC Out of the Darkness Presenting Sponsor!



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