Austin Walk

Join us on November 4, 2023


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Austin Walk  


Event Details

Date: 11/04/2023

Location: Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX

Check-in Time: 9:00 am

Walk Start Time: 10:00 am

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Updated Walk Route


Contact Information

Walk Chair: Heather Russell and Natalie Lyell, 512-800-0775,

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 and

Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

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Register and join us! Having trouble registering?  Click here to watch a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.

Community Resources

Take time beginning at 9:00 AM to visit our community resource partners.  Community resource tables will be located throughout the event space and will staffed with representatives from each organization who are ready to share information and answer questions.  Their purpose is to provide resources to enhance the health and well-being of our walkers


A limited selection of merchandise will be available onsite for purchase on walk day.  

Kid's Coloring Area

We'll have a space with kids picnic tables set up with coloring sheets and colors for kids to decorate. 

Honor Beads


Honor Beads will be available free of charge on-site beginning at 9:00 AM.  We invite you to pick up the appropriate color beads to show your connection(s) to the cause.

Our opening program at 10:00 AM will include a bead ceremony, which will recognize our participants' many reasons to walk and highlight the individual journey of selected individuals who represent each of these connections.

Top Fundraising Tent

Anyone who raises $4,000 individually or as a team is invited to enter the Top Fundraisers Tent for some exclusive gifts. 

Hope & Healing

Stop by our event station for various honor and remembrance activities.  And remember - bring a new pair of socks that reminds you of your loved one!  Cards will be available for you to write your loved one's name and socks will be donated to local agencies following the event in their honor.

Ringo the Ringtail

Ringo the Ringtail with the Texas Stars Hockey Team will be joining us and passing out gifts!





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! 

Visit our volunteer sign-up page to sign-up today! Thank you!

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Help us get the word out. Promotional resources and items are available for you to order to help raise awareness about the walk and suicide prevention. Order items such as yard signs or flyers today! 

If you have a printer or somewhere to share a digital flyer, you can also download this flyer to share.

Let people know you're coming to the event on Facebook and follow us on social! @afspctx 

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

Tag us in your posts and you might end up on our stories!

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Austin Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Find our sponsorship packet here. Contact to become a sponsor today!

Download the App


There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates.  Click the App Store or Google Play button above to get started.

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

In addition to the National Incentive Program, we are offering fundraising incentives exclusive to the Austin Walk. Check them out below. 

Individual Incentives

$150+ Raise $150 by11/04/2023 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!   

$500-$999 Red Ribbon Walker. Receive a red ribbon on-site.

$988+ Champion of Hope. Anyone walks registered for a walk in Texas who raises $988 will get an exclusive shirt designed by a walker in Texas! Why $988? Last summer the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched their new number nationwide, 988. If you or someone you know is crisis, you can call 988 and be connected with a crisis counselor. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

$1,000+ Blue Ribbon Walker and Walker Spotlight. Receive a blue ribbon on-site and receive a shoutout on social media

$4,000+ Top Fundraiser Tent. Raise $4,000 at gain access to the top fundraiser's tent.

Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.  

Team Incentives

$1,500:  Team Spotlight. Raise $1,500 and get a spotlight for your team on social media. 

$2,500: Team Sign. Raise $2,500 as a team by October 27th and look for a hand decorated sign with your teams name on the walk route.

$4,000: Top Fundraiser Tent. Raise $4,000 at gain access to the top fundraiser's tent.

Participate in the Resource Fair

Each year at the  Austin Walk we try to share local community resources with our attendees. Resources must fit within the AFSP Sponsors and Community Resource Terms and Conditions. If your organization fits within these terms and would like to participate, please complete our Resource Fair Application

Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central

Team Captain Toolkit: Being on a team enhances the experience of each and every one of your team members, providing a built-in support system and a goal towards which you will all strive (and stride) together. A team captain's role is vital to the success of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Click here to access our Team Captain Toolkit and access some tips, tricks, and resources. 

Need Help Fundraising?

Read through our fundraising toolkit. It's our one place for you to find all the tools you will need to become a successful fundraiser! 

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 can be found in the Austin Walk Event Guide and Program on page 4.

For additional questions, please email


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