Welcome to the Capital Region NY Out of the Darkness Experience and Program Info Page

#BeTheVoice of Suicide Prevention in Northeastern New York

While all of the Capital Region NY 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 use our voices and share our stories to provide hope.

At each location, on the original walk “Date” – we will be having the opportunity for Team captains and top fundraisers to come and pick up T-shirts as well as beads and other resources.   At these events, we will be having people sign up for TIMED slots to ensure social distancing guidelines.  

Throughout Walk season, we will also be having pop-up online and live, socially distanced events to keep everyone engaged.   In addition, we invite everyone to join our WELLNESS CHALLENGE HERE

Make sure to join the “Northeastern Division” Team!

Finally, We invite EVERYONE to then join us virtually on Sunday, November 1st for our Chapterwide Capital Region NY Out of the Darkness Experience. We are in the process of planning a special virtual event where we will come together to remember loved ones lost to suicide, embrace those with lived experience and honor the efforts of so many who work together to stop suicide.  Everyone who is registered for a Fall Capital Region NY Experience will be invited to join this event so there is no additional registration required. More details will be announced soon about this virtual experience including ways you can be involved.

Register Now and show the world that we are always #TogetherToFightSuicide


Join an Out of the Darkness Experience Today!

Capital Region Experience for R.I.T.A. (October 4, 2020)

Schenectady (October 10, 2020)

North Country - Lake Placid (October 18, 2020)

Columbia-Greene (October 24, 2020)

Virtual Chapterwide Walk Day Experience

Capital Region New York Out of the Darkness Experience Day
When: Sunday, November 1
Time: 10:00 am
Location of your choice!
***More details will be announced soon!

For more information, please contact:

Contact name: Sandra Goldmeer, Capital Region NY Area Director
Contact Phone: 518-791-1544
Contact Email: sgoldmeer@afsp.org

Why Register?

We realize that nothing can substitute the experience of coming together in person, and we will continue to seek ways in which we can do that safely. We hope you will register and join us. One thing we do know is that HOPE WILL NOT BE CANCELLED and cannot be POSTPONED! If you have any questions, please reach out to Capital Region NY Area Director Sandra Goldmeer at sgoldmeer@afsp.org


Featured Programs

By featuring real stories and experiences, It’s Real conveys that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help.

We hope it inspires you to have a #RealConvo today! 


Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.  Check out a 30 second promo video HERE.

Contact Area Director Sandra Goldmeer to schedule your Talk Saves Lives TODAY!



Through our educational programs, we teach schools, communities, and workplaces how to best prevent suicide and create a culture that is smart about mental health. AFSP currently has over 30 educational programs. Many of these programs are brought to your local communities free of charge because of the funds raised from our Out of the Darkness Walks.

We provide the opportunity for local volunteers to be trained to present our community and school based programs such as Talk Saves Lives, More Than Sad, and It’s Real.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are giving both TSL and It’s Real as virtual presentations. If this is something that you are interested in, please reach out to me and we can discuss more. Our chapter will continue to host these educational programs virtually until we can together again in-person.  Contact Area Director Sandra Goldmeer at sgoldmeer@afsp.org to inquire about scheduling a program in your community.

For a list of all programs and support services, visit www.afsp.org


NY State Fact Sheet:

Connect with your local chapter to get more involved and keep updated with programs and activities all year long.

Capital Region New York Chapter Contacts:

Sandra Goldmeer | Area Director | 518-791-1544 | sgoldmeer@afsp.org


Want to be involved with our New York Capital Region 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!