Portland OR Walk

Join us on October 6, 2018

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/06/2018
Walk Location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/06/2018 at 8:30 am
Opening Ceremony Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Robin (503-590-5120) and Chris Gensler (below) 
Contact Phone: 503-951-3012 
Contact Email: rcgensler@gmail.com

Online registration will close at noon on Friday October 5th. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk starting at 8:30 AM. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Portland OR Walk

When you walk in the Portland Out of the Darkness Walk, 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.


Download the Portland Out of the Darkness Walk Sponsorship PacketWith sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits! 


Click Here to download and share the flyer for the walk! 

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

Follow the event on Facebook for updates, contests and more! 

If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event! Use #StopSuicide to your tweets! Follow the Oregon Chapter on Twitter!


Remember to ask your LinkedIn connections to join you or make a donation to your fundraising efforts!


Share your photos on Instagram!  Follow the Oregon Chapter!


Walk Route

Click here 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/294787.

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.


Raise $150 by 10/06/2018 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. 


Paws for Prevention

Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $5 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the AFSP Store!  If you are bringing your four legged friend, please be sure to bring supplies to clean up after them!



Activities at the walk


Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are feeling like. Unlike other illnesses, its difficult to look at someone and know their connection.  

The Portland 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. 

These Honor Beads are provided to  registered participants free of charge.



Memorial Garden

At the walk we will have a Memorial Garden where you can honor the loved ones you Click here to download a copy of a sign you can decorate. We will have printed copies of the sign at the walk and supplies available for you to write on and decorate. You can also bring put a picture of your loved one on the sign.  Please note, due to weather and unforseen circumstances, you should only bring pictures that you have additional copies of as they could be lost or damaged during the course of the walk. 


Messages of Hope 

While many are here for who they have lost, many others are here because of the struggles they face every day.  Hidden in the crowd are countless attempt survivors and people who struggle, here today to find support and give it to others.

For all: Write a message of hope for those who may need your support to give them the courage to keep going.

For attempt survivors and those who struggle: Take and keep a note to remember why you’re still fighting.


Tree of Rememberance 

Who do you walk for?

A lost loved one? A struggling friend? Yourself?

Whoever it may be, the Tree of Remembrance captures every walker’s reason to be here. Every leaf is an expression of love; a small step forward in healing; an act of tremendous courage. Let the tree be a testament to our collective strength, a reminder that you are not, and never will be, alone. Take a leaf, write a name, and add it to the tree.




Community Resource Fair

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the community resource area! Information tables hosted by nonprofit 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 or mental health.

Are you a nonprofit or community organization with a focus on mental health or suicide prevention and want more information about participating in our resource fair? Click Here to download a community resource fair application!




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

Sponsored By

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA)
Butterfingers & Co.
New Legacy Construction LLC