Southern Maryland Walk

Join us on November 4, 2018


Event Details

Walk Date: 11/04/2018
Walk Location: 47418 Old State House Rd. - St. Mary's City, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kat Olbrich 
Contact Phone: 202-770-8973 
Contact Email:

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. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Southern Maryland Walk

In preparation of Hurricane Florence and for everyone's safety, we have decided to postpone

the Southern Maryland Walk until Sunday, November 4th.

We encourage everyone to take good care of yourselves and each other through this difficult time. If you or anyone you know is in distress, please call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress 

Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Additional resources can be found HERE.

We are grateful for your dedication to AFSP and the Out of the Darkness Walk.

You are in our hearts and thoughts. 

To stay up to date, please follow us on Facebook.

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.


Registration: 9:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:15 am
Closing Ceremony: 11:15 am
Event Ends: 12:00 pm


Thank you for your interest in the Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness Community Walk! Together, as a community, we raise our voices for suicide prevention and mental health. His is a family and dog-friendly event.



Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Maryland and nationally. With last year's Walk fundraising, our Maryland Chapter was able to educate over 2,000 Marylanders on suicide prevention. We educated middle/high school students, their parents and educators. We talked to active duty military members and veterans. Spoke at churches, community centers, libraries, and senior homes. We hosted our second annual State Capitol Day in Annapolis and talked to legislators about how suicide affects Maryland and how we can start reducing the annual suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025. We organized 10 Survivor Day events, including one for Gold Star Families, and hosted a “Facilitating a Bereavement Support Group for Teens and Children” training. Your donation also contributed to over $4.6 million in scientific research grants awarded by AFSP on a national level.

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 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!

You are also welcome to hold your own third-party fundraiser and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal. Contact us for supporting your private fundraiser: We can also help promote your event to other walkers and supporters.

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 "AFSP"). And don’t miss our Walker Central website for some great tips and some great social media apps to help you promote your walk participation.



We are excited to announce that "Tribute Signs" can be ordered now. The 18x24" signs will be displayed on the day of the walk and they are yours to keep. One sign sells for $50 and proceeds ($30 or more, depending on the quantity ordered) will benefit the Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk. 

How it works: please email a picture of your loved one, their name, age, and a quote starting "When I/We think of ...." (see example below) to Once we receive your information, we will email you a confirmation and payment instructions. You can pay for your sign either online or with check. Deadline to submit your order is August 15, 2018. #WeRememberThem


It's also a great idea to let your employer know you'll be walking and to let them know we have sponsorship opportunities. Starting at only $250, businesses can show their support to the suicide prevention mission by contributing a tax-deductible financial gift as a sponsor. At the $2,500 sponsor level, the business name/logo will be included on the back of 3 additional Maryland walk t-shirts. All sponsors receive brand visibility and recognition of their support. For more details, please download and review our sponsorship packet.


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area. Information about local mental health and health organizations will open at 8:00 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.

If you are a community partner and would like to table at the Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk please email us at:



Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch Bandana at the Merchandise Store. 


Stop by our Merchandise Store and purchase “Be the Voice”, “HOPE” or “Out of the Darkness” swag. The store accepts cash, checks and credit cards. Proceeds will go back to the Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk!


Be sure to stop by our “Why I Walk” button table! You can let other walkers know who you walk for and why this cause is so important to you. Make sure you honor your loved one by signing the “We Remember Them” banner and letting them know you are thinking of them. 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. Grab your honor beads and show why you are walking to fight suicide!











About the Location: We will meet at the State House in St. Mary’s City. Parking instructions will follow closer to the event.

Walk Route: From the State House we will walk through Historic St. Mary’s City (museum grounds) and loop back to the State House.

What to Expect at the Walk: The walk will take place rain or shine. We encourage walkers to arrive at 8.00 a.m. when registration opens, so that you have ample time to check-in and then enjoy all of the pre-walk activities we have to offer.

Pre-walk activities will include: wearable buttons; honor bead necklaces; all-ages crafts in our Kids Zone; music; the AFSP merchandise store; learning more about AFSP and our local chapter; community resource fair; and more.

Water and Snacks will be available. You are permitted to bring your own water bottle container to refill.

Team captains are encouraged to bring a sign to use as a marker to assemble your team on the field. Any walker is invited to bring signs, photos, etc. to wear or carry while they walk.

Walk opening ceremony will start at approximately 10:00 a.m. and will last about 15 minutes and then the walk leaves the State House and we will walk in a loop through Historic St. Mary’s City.

The walk is not competitive. You are not required to complete the entire 2 miles. And you walk at your own pace.

After you are done walking, we will close the event with a brief closing ceremony.



Download the Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness 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.  Follow us on Facebook too!


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


Remember your LinkedIn connections!


Share your photos! @afspmaryland


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 11/04/2018 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. 

The Southern Maryland walk t-shirt includes our major sponsors' logos on the back, so if you know a business that would like to be included, please have them contact our walk chair!


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


Interested in being a corporate sponsor for our walk? There are many benefits AND you'll contribute positively to your community. 
Contact our walk chair for sponsorship information at: