Welcome to the Maryland Out of the Darkness Experience and Program Info Page

#BeTheVoice of suicide prevention in Maryland

While our Out of the Darkness Walks are going to look different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We invite you to join us this Fall for 12 Maryland Out of the Darkness Experiences. Instead of gathering for a big event, we encourage you to walk to fight suicide with friends and family (following CDC guidelines) in your neighborhood, in parks, or on your treadmill. If walking is not your thing, do whatever you enjoy – it is YOUR experience. For those who want to be part of a safe in-person event, join us for a Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony in Woodbine, Annapolis and Frederick. Participants have to stay in their car to keep other participants and our volunteers safe. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to sign up for any of the Out of the Darkness Experiences listed below and join us!

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide


Join an Out of the Darkness Experience Today!

Please select one of the Out of the Darkness Experiences from the list below to get registered.

September 12, Carroll County Experience

September 12, Carroll County Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony

September 19, Annapolis Experience

September 19, Annapolis Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony

September 26, Mid-Shore Maryland Experience

September 26, Ocean City Experience

October 3, Havre de Grace Experience

October 3, Hagerstown Experience

October 10, Howard County Experience

October 10, Baltimore Experience

October 17, Frederick Experience

October 17, Montgomery County Experience

October 17, Frederick Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony

October 25, Southern Maryland Experience

Event Schedule:

September 8, 7 pm – Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention. More details HERE. Registration required.

September 9, 7 pm – It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health. More details HERE. Registration required.

September 10, 6 pm – Research Connection with Dr. Holly C. Wilcox from Johns Hopkins University – If suicide is a major public health problem why aren’t we treating it like one? More details HERE. Registration required.

September 10, 8 pm – On World Suicide Prevention Day, we light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show support for suicide prevention, remember a lost loved one, and honor suicide loss and suicide attempt survivors.

September 27Mini Family Photo Sessions with Emily Huss from EGG Photographer– 50% will benefit the AFSP Maryland Chapter. Reserve your session HERE.

October 22, 7pm – Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention. More details HERE. Registration required.

November 12, 7pm – Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention. More details HERE. Registration required.

November 21, 10 am – Survivor Day, an event about healing and connecting with other suicide loss survivors. More details HERE. Registration required. Must be 18 years plus.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kat Olbrich 
Contact Phone: 202-770-8973 
Contact Email: kolbrich@afsp.org

For a list of all upcoming events and educational trainings, visit www.afsp.org/maryland


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Maryland Chapter Contact:

Kat Olbrich | Area Director | 202-770-8973 | kolbrich@afsp.org


Want to be involved with our Maryland Chapter? If you're interested in learning more please complete our online volunteer form HERE and someone from our chapter will contact you! 

Thank You for Supporting AFSP!

About the AFSP Maryland Chapter

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapters.

The AFSP Maryland Chapter had an incredible year in 2019 because of the efforts of folks like you. When we raise funds, we increase public awareness and make huge strides in education, advocacy, outreach and research. Here are just a few of the highlights from our Chapter this past year:

  • The AFSP Maryland Chapter won Chapter of the Year Mid-Sized Market at the annual AFSP Chapter Leadership Conference.

  • We facilitated 116 Educational Programs educating over 3,500 participants (up by 500 compared to 2018) about mental health and suicide prevention.

  • Chapter volunteers participated in at least 86 resource tabling events reaching over 5,500 people at those events.

  • Currently 5 Maryland Colleges/Universities are utilizing AFSP’s Interactive Screening Program.

  • Our team hosted 9 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day events.

  • Trained volunteers provided support for over 20 suicide loss survivors through AFSP’s Healing Conversations Program.

  • This February we hosted our 4th Maryland State Capitol Day event and visited over 30 Maryland Delegates and Senators in Annapolis.

  • Our staff and board members are actively participating in the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention and many local suicide prevention coalitions throughout Maryland.


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