Portland OR Walk

Join us on October 7, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/07/2017
Walk Location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/07/2017 at 8:30 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Oregon Chapter 
Contact Phone: 503-951-3012 
Contact Email: oregon@afsp.org

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Portland OR
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
 Saturday, October 07, 2017


Registration: 8:30am - 10:00am
Opening Ceremony:    10:00am
Walk Begins:  10:20am
Closing Ceremony: 12:30pm


Click here https://www.plotaroute.com/route/280912 for a map of the route! The walk route starts near our stage located in the outdoor plaza at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  We’ll walk on the sidewalk until we get to the Eastbank Esplanade where we will head toward the Hawthorne Bridge.  Once we cross the Hawthorne Bridge, we will head back on the west side’s Waterfront Park crossing the river again via the walkway on the Steel Bridge.  For a map of the route, please click here https://www.plotaroute.com/route/280912

The route crosses two bridges and while we are permitted to cross them, we do not have control over their operation.  There is a chance that the walk will be interrupted by a bridge raising.


Download a copy of the 2017 Portland OR Walk flyer that you can share here.

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness

Post to your Facebook page and add the Out of the Darkness Link, or direct link to your fundraising page. 


If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #20x2025 to your tweets!


Remember your LinkedIn connections!


Share your photos! 


There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk!


Raise $150 by 10/07/2017 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk. 



Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Tent.


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.
Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 8:30am. This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.


Coming Soon!



Click Here to download a template where you can decorate a non-returnable picture of your loved one to post in the memorial garden. There will also be blank copies of the template at the walk with supplies that you can use to decorate or write a mesage for your loved one. 

Honor Beads:
Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience


The photos that appear on this website are courtesy of Nora Jameson, a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Keep Oregon Well.  Please check out the other photos she took at the walk last year by clicking here http://cargocollective.com/norajamesonphotography/Out-of-the-Darkness-Portland-2016.

Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.


Quick Stats

$165,259.03 Raised
2,249 Participants

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