Portsmouth Walk

Join us on September 30, 2023


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Portsmouth Walk  


Event Details

Date: 09/30/2023

Location: Peirce Island, Portsmouth, NH

Check-in Time: 8:30 am

Walk Start Time: 10:00 am

Contact Information

Walk Chairs: Ken and Dorothy La Valley, 603-556-0823, ken.lavalley@unh.edu

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.



Bring your soft goods to the Walk and we'll take care of the rest! AFSP-NH will receive funds per pound of good donated.


 Please read carefully through the important details for walk day below! 

  • Walk Location: Peirce Island
    Walker Arrival Time: 9:00am
    Opening Ceremony: 10:00am
  • Pets - Well behaved Leashed Dogs are encouraged to attend.
    Please clean up after them.
  • Children of all ages are welcome.
    This is a stroller friendly walk route
  • Continue to read for tips on how to prepare for the day of the walk.

Registration: Pre-Registration is Strongly encouraged. Those who pre-register at www.afsp.org/portsmouth WILL NOT have to check-in on the day of the event (with the exception of those who have earned their walk shirt and need to pick it up). If are bringing friends and family to the walk, please encourage them to register ahead of time, or you may register them yourself. For walkers who have not pre-registered, QR codes for mobile registration will be available at the Walk, though again, pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Donations: We strongly encourage everyone to ask your supporters to donate online whenever possible. If you have have collected checks or cash donations that need to be turned in, envelopes will be available at the Registration Tent. If possible, please print, complete, and bring an Offline Donation Form to submit with your donations. This will help to ensure that your donations are appropriately credited to your individual fundraising page.

Things to bring to the walk:

  • Your Smartphone - for Pictures and Online Payments via QR Code
  • A blanket or lawn chair if you would like to sit down
  • Cash for the Raffle
    *Credit cards, Apple Pay, Cash App, and Google Pay will be accepted via Stripe

Event Day: Walkers will have the opportunity to pick up honor beads, enjoy music, take a team photo, collect community resources, and more! Individual Walkers raising $150 or more will be able to pick up their 2023 Walk to Fight Suicide T-Shirt at the Registration Table. Individuals raising $1,000 or more will be able to pick up their LifeSavers Club gift at the same time.

Ceremony: The opening ceremony will begin at 10am followed by an approximate 2.8 mile walk (see map below).

Parking: Please utilize the parking lot adjacent to the event, or the parking area just before the event location on the right.

Social Media: Encourage others to find hope and healing by sharing your story of "Why You Walk" on Social Media. You can share your story alongside these Social Graphics HERE, or take a video, and tag us @afspnewhampshire on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads.


Register to Walk With Us!

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 watch 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


To Volunteer for this Event, please fill out this form.
For Flyers and other Promotional Materials, Click Here.


We want to show you our appreciation for all the hard work you do fundraising for the AFSP New Hampshire Chapter. Be sure to check out the rewards we have available for your efforts!


For a donation of $50 - AFSP New Hampshire will create a personalized sign made in memory or honor of the loved one you walk for. The sign will be displayed in a highly visible location at the walk and will be yours to keep after the walk. Click the button below for more information.



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 ken.lavalley@unh.edu to sign-up today! Thank you!


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Portsmouth Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Contact ken.lavalley@unh.edu to become a sponsor today!

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/30/2023 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.  

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks 

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

Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central


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.


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


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 $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!


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.

Are dogs allowed? Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the walk.


Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.

For additional questions, please email ken.lavalley@unh.edu


Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, visit the photo booth, and more!

Many great local items will be available as part of the event raffle!

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.


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, dial 988 or text TALK to 741-741