Long Island Walk

Join us on October 28, 2018


Event Details

Walk Date: 10/28/2018
Walk Location: Jones Beach Field #5 - Wantagh, NY
Check-in/Registration Time: 8:30 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm

Walk is a 5K approximately 3.1 miles -- it will take place rain or shine.


For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Phil Schoppmann & Phil Bianco 
Contact Phone: 516-869-4215 
Contact Email: longislandny@afsp.org


The weather forecast looks good for Sunday, our Walk will be held as planned.  Dress warmly and bring rain gear just in case there are light showers.   We have lots of new and exciting things planned, we are looking forward to you joining us for a great day of healing, community and support!  See you on Sunday! 

Online registration for the walk closes at noon today, Friday, 10/26.  People can register in person at the Walk.  You can still receive and make donations online until December 31st. 

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Long Island Walk




8:30am – 10:00am

Opening Ceremony:

9:45 am

Walk Begins: 

10:00 am


12:00 pm


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 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, 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.

The Walk will take place rain or shine.


Although there is no fee to walk and there is not a fundraising requirement, every dollar raised helps the AFSP Long Island Chapter bring much needed suicide prevention and support programs tour local communities.  There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

Personalize your walker page online.  Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause.  If you’re a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page! 

Donate to yourself, even if just a modest sum of $20, to show others you are committed to the cause. It’s easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated. 

Share your page and story with others.  It’s OK to ask for donations!  And you may have to ask several times – that’s OK too!

Need Ideas on creative ways to raise money?

Check out this video of The Rooney Challenge, an H2M employee who decided to use a personal bet with his brother to raise funds for the Long Island Chapter.  Go Todd Go, we know you can do it! 



84 cents of every dollar goes right into our programs.  We are committed to bringing mental health and suicide prevention training to Long Island schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and local corporations.  Last year we conducted over 75 individual community/school training affecting over 3,000 Long Islanders.

Our Survivor Outreach Program sent trained volunteers to provide support to suicide loss survivors in their home.  This community support has proven to be vital in helping loved ones process their loss, get connected with support services, and help begin the journey to heal.  

We strengthened our partnership with military veteran groups across Long Island conducted targeted training for those working with veterans, and have partnered with the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to provide additional support to this at risk population. 

We participated in the New York State and Washington D.C  annual Advocacy Forum where we represented Long Island and visited congressmen and Senators to advocate for mental health parity and suicide prevention and education. 

These are just a few of the achievements we made last year, none of which could have happened without the support of our sponsors and our Out of the Darkness Walkers who helped raise funds. 


This website is designed for online donations.  On the day of the Walk, you can also bring cash or checks (made out to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), or you can send them in earlier by using an offline donation form.  Click here download the form.   Donations for the walk will be accepted until December 31, 2018.


Download the Long Island Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community.  Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives! 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 10/28/2018 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.  All registered walkers are also eligible for recognition gifts for fundraising milestones throughout the season. Check out some of the additional fundraising incentive “thank you” gifts from our National Walks Program.

*Total team dollars raised does not count towards earning a shirt.  Only those individuals raising $150 or more individually will qualify for a shirt.


Teams raising at least $250 will qualify for a free personalized tribute sign along the walk route. Click here to download the tribute sign form.  
The top 10 fundraisers* will receive a VIP Parking Space.  Park up front in a spot reserved just for you!  Can you make it into the Top 10?
The team that raises the most funds posted online by October 26th (the Friday before the event) will carry the AFSP banner and lead the walk route!
*top ten fundraisers will be determined based on funds posted by October 26, 2018


Volunteer with us and help make this year's event a success. Our walk is planned and managed by volunteers just like YOU and we would love to have your help. Volunteers assist with everything from set-up and breakdown to food and beverage stations, to route support, and much more!

All volunteers must be confirmed for event day no later than September 31st.  Please email longislandny@afsp.org if you are interested in volunteering to find out more information.  


If you are a survivor of suicide loss, we will have several memory activities within our Remembrance Area. You may bring a photo of your loved one to display in this area as well. (Please bring a copy, not an original!) Team shirts, posters, pins, etc. honoring your loved one are always welcome.


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.


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 8:30 am.  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. 


The walk is a family friendly event and we encourage you to bring your children.  We will have face painters, tattoos and other kid friendly fun taking place! 


We will have AFSP Tee shirts, sweatshirts, wristbands and lots of other awareness materials for sale during the walk.   We will also be selling tickets for a variety of raffles.  Be sure to plan ahead and bring cash to purchase items and raffles! 


Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

Sponsored By

Advanced Energy
Bank of America Corp
Daniel DeMarco and Associates, Inc
Diane Goldberg Foundation
Emerald Document Imaging
Geico Philanthropic Foundation
H2M Architects and Engineers
Joseph Camhi Foundation
L&M Healthcare Communications LLC
Power Cooling Inc.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. & Lundbeck
The Long Island Home - South Oaks Hospital Broadlawn Manor Nursing Care Center