2019 Partnership Opportunities

Purchase Sponsorship

Partner with the Illinois Chapter of AFSP in sponsoring the largest suicide prevention walk in the country, the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk on September 21, 2019.

We are committed to reducing the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by the year 2025.

Why Support Suicide Prevention?

Nationwide, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-44

Every 11.9 minutes an American dies by suicide

Offer support to those affected by suicide

Provide a significant and powerful voice in mental health and suicide prevention advocacy efforts

Create and implement educational programs

Research into the causes and treatments of mental health to enable suicide prevention initiatives

But we can’t do it without you.

The 2018 Chicagoland Walk raised more than $1,000,000 and was the first Out of the Darkness Walk to reach this milestone. With a 30% increase in registrations in 2018, totaling over 7,200, the conversation about this leading cause of death is changing. 

Your organization can be the forefront of this change by supporting the Chicagoland Walk.

  • Montrose Harbor - Chicago, IL
  • September 21, 2019 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Out of the Darkness
Chicagoland Walk

Will you sponsor to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

Participant Demographics

2018 Walk Statistics

Sponsorship Levels

  • Total Participants:  7,206
  • First-time Participants:  4,415
  • Teams:  736
  • Volunteers:  296
  • Individual Donors:  16,047+
  • Total Funds Raised:  $1,017,984+
  • Total Sponsors:  18

2018 Promotional Statistics

  • Unique Web Visitors:  43,000
  • Unique Facebook Reach:  77,000/mo
  • Direct Mail:  8,000
  • Email Distribution:  500,000
  • TV & Radio Spots:  500
  • Radio/TV Interviews:  5
  • Signage on CTA lines:  820
  • Community Signage:  15,000

National Health Crisis

Illinois Health Crisis

Suicide is the #1 leading cause of death for ages 10-44

Nearly twice as many people die by suicide annually in Illinois than by homicide 

But there is Hope...

96% of people believe that suicide is PREVENTABLE

Walk Reach - By the Numbers

A Bold Goal

Be the voice by helping AFSP break the silence through supporting the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk

Contact Us

  • Courtney Collins
  • Area Director 
  • t:  312-802-9714
  • e: chicago@afsp.org 

About AFSP

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.  

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Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk

PURCHASE Sponsorship