Participant Hub

This page is your hub for making the most of your Out of the Darkness Experience.

News & Updates:

Out of the Darkness Wellness Challenge

We're kicking off our 2020 Out of the Darkness season with a six week wellness challenge, in partnership with Kilter Rewards. Starting Monday, August 3rd, you'll take action for suicide prevention by tracking your daily activities using the Kilter Rewards app. Join us and show the world that we're #TogetherToFightSuicide. Learn more at, and download and share the graphics below.


While there may be some limitations in how we can gather in person this fall, we can still send hope and let people know that they are not alone. Take part in our #HopeInTheMailbox postcard campaign and brighten someone’s day by sending a free postcard to let them know you’re thinking of them. Learn more at


Create a Graphic to Share Your Story

Visit our Out of the Darkness Experience Social Share page, where you can type a custom message into a graphic and download a share-ready image. You can also download your background without a message and customize on your phone or computer with any stickers, emojis, and images you want to add before sharing.

Facebook Profile Frames

Brand your social media profile with this Together to Fight Suicide overlay frame to promote your community Out of the Darkness Experience! When selecting an image, it is recommended to use one that is zoomed out from the subject in frame. Click to apply the GREEN frame or the BLUE frame to your Facebook profile (frame images below for reference).

Share Your Story on Instagram

Download our Instagram story backgrounds and show your network that you're part of a community working #TogetherToFightSuicide

Save the Date - National Suicide Prevention Week 2020

Facebook Fundraisers

You can now fundraise for the Out of the Darkness Walks through Facebook, but your Facebook fundraiser must be started through your personal fundraiser portal in DonorDrive for donations to appear on your page. Simply visit your dashboard in the fundraiser portal, then click "Start a Facebook Fundraiser" from the Your Fundraising menu on the right side of the page. You can also view our Facebook Fundraiser FAQ here.

Important: If you start the Fundraiser on Facebook using the "add a donate button feature" or by launching a fundraising campaign such as a birthday fundraiser, donations will be sent to AFSP as general donations from Facebook and will not appear on your page. If you started your fundraiser through Facebook and would like your donations to appear on your walk page, please contact as soon as possible for further instructions.

Fundraiser with FB and IG Live! Download instructions HERE

Offline Donations 

Have your supporters given you checks made payable to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (or AFSP) to support your fundraising efforts? Download an Offline Donation Form and mail your payment to AFSP, Attn: OOTD Walks, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10038 and it will post to your donation page within 12-18 business days from the date you mail the check. If your walk is in less than two weeks, you can bring the check(s) and offline donation form(s) with you to the event and turn it in at check-in. Donations turned in at the walk will post to your page within 5-10 business days of the evnet date.

Share Your Story

Download these flyers to share why you have joined the fight to stop suicide. There is space for you to add a photo, and form fields are highlighted with a gray background. The background will not print on your final document. If you are attempting to use an online printer and are experiencing any other printing issues, please click here for some helpful instructions. You can use these same instructions to “flatten” the PDF, which will make it non editable and suitable for sharing. If you need to convert the PDF to an image file for sharing online, you can learn how to do so here.

Why I Walk Flyer

Custom Social Share Graphics

Let your friends know you're walking to fight suicide by uploading a photo to one of our Out of the Darkness frames to share on social media. Visit

Upload a photo and create a custom message to create a custom graphic that can be shared on your social pages, fundraising page, emails, texts, and more. Check it out at

Community Walks Custom Social Share Graphic

Achievement Badges

We're excited to announce that you can now earn achievement badges for your personal and team pages for the Out of the Darkness Walks! The following badges are active for all Community Walks:

Achievement Badges

CLICK HERE for badge descriptions and steps you can take to earn badges on your page.

Click on the menu options below for more tips and resources to help you make the most of your fundraising efforts.


Click here to view links to downloadable resources such as our Participant Toolkit, DonorDrive Guide, Social Share tools, and more!


Speaking Out About Suicide

Tell your story safely. Download our Speaking Out About Suicide guide.



Participant Flyer

Download and customize our Participant Flyers by clicking the images above. Share online, in your office, at school, and around your community (as permitted).

Social Share Graphics and Videos

We've included several social share graphics below that will help you promote your walk and your fundraising team. If you like these, click HERE to view our library of social share graphics or click HERE to create your own custom social share graphics.


Fundraising Graphics

Help me raise money to provide support to those who've lost someone to suicide, through programs like International Survivors of Suicide Loss (ISOSL) Day Help me raise money to save lives by advocating for smart mental health legislation Help me raise money to bring the Interactive Screening Program (ISP) to local colleges and workplaces
Help me raise money to deliver suicide prevention education programs in communities across the U.S. Help me raise money to fund innovative research that will save lives Help me raise money to provide support to those who've lost someone to suicide, through programs like the Survivor Outreach Program

Other Tools

Offline Donation Form
Anything other than a credit card donation made online (such as checks and money orders mailed to AFSP or handed in at the event) is considered to be an OFFLINE donation. Please use one form for each offline donation, making sure to clearly print your name and walk city/state on the form. Once we receive and process the donation, it will post to your fundraising page. Please allow 10-15 business days from the date you mail the check for it to appear on your fundraising page.

Itemized Donation Form
Use this form to list several donors for one check (great if you've collected cash from multiple supporters and are sending in a check or money order).

Checks should be made payable to AFSP and mailed to:
AFSP, Attn: OOTD Walks, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10038.

Matching Gifts
Matching gifts are when companies "match" a charitable gift an employee makes. Reach out to your network to let everyone know that they may be able to double their contribution if their employer has a matching gift program. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, click HERE and type their name into the search bar.


Register a walk team for your friends, family, school, civic group, or workplace

Learn more about what it means to be a team captain HERE.

Visit Team Captain Central HERE.


Click the flyer for details!


Learn the answers to our most frequently asked questions HERE.

Can't find what you're looking for? Email and we'll be happy to help.