Help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide

October 2, 2021


The Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk is the largest suicide prevention walk in the country benefiting the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This special event provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

We know it has been a difficult year with the pandemic, but we are cautiously optimistic that we can bring people together again for an in-person walk. Additionally, we will have a virtual component for those that may not be ready for an in-person event. The health and safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers will be our top priorities as we work with local authorities to make decisions about event details.

Every dollar you raise through the Chicagoland Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

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About AFSP

AFSP’s mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. We create a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develop suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provide support for those affected by suicide.

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Why We Fight Suicide

Each year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Yet suicide prevention doesn't receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death. It's up to supporters like us to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

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The Chicagoland Walk

The Chicagoland Walk is about community, connection, healing, and hope. However you participate - a walker, virtual participant, donor, or sponsor - you are part of an important movement to create awareness about suicide prevention.

Chicagoland Walk FAQs

 

When and where is the experience?

The event is taking place on Saturday, October 2nd at Montrose Harbor. The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers will be our top priorities as we work with local authorities to make decisions about event details, and we'll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood.

Is there a registration fee or fundraising minimum?

There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate but we encourage all participants to set a goal of $150 to receive the official event t-shirt

Why should I fundraise?

How can my company get involved?

Create a team when you register or become a sponsor of the Chicagoland Experience.  

How can I learn more about the event?

Contact: Courtney Collins 
Phone: 312-802-9714 
Email: chicago@afsp.org

Or visit this page.