Chicagoland Walk

Join us on September 21, 2019


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk



Will you walk to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

Last year's Chicagoland Walk was the first Out of the Darkness Walk to raise more than $1,000,000! The funds are used for suicide prevention research, support, education and advocacy.

When you participate in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people nationwide to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 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.


Walk Date: 09/21/2019
Walk Location: Montrose Harbor - Chicago, IL
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/21/2019 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Courtney Collins 
Contact Phone: 312-802-9714 
Contact Email: [email protected]





For more details about the walk, click here. This document will continue to be updated in the coming weeks and months.

If you need help logging into your page or setting up your personal fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.

If you would like to send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided on the form.



How you can Help


Corporate Partnership

Have your business sponsor the Chicagoland Walk to show your community and employees that you're committed to their well-being both physically and mentally. Click the image below to learn more or email [email protected] for additional information.


You can help promote the walk in your community! 

Order free resources and promotional materials to help promote the walk and jumpstart your fundraising!

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you for the walk or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

Please be sure to use the following: @AFSPIL @AFSPChicago #ootdccw


$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by September 21 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

$500-$999 - Red Ribbon Walker. Receive a red ribbon and complimentary gift bag

$1,000+ - Blue Ribbon Walker. Receive a blue ribbon and complimentary gift bag

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.

*Offline donation form coming soon!



Day of the Walk: Resources & Activities



Check out this year's raffle items here! You can purchase tickets at the walk with cash, card or check.
Tickets are $5 each or 5 or $20.

If you are interested in donating a raffle item for the 2020 walk, please email Erika at [email protected].

Education Outreach Community Tent

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to visit the Education Outreach Community Tent. 

This is a great opportunity to gather resources, hear about upcoming events and learn how to get involved with the Illinois Chapter.


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. This event 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.

Why I Walk Wall and Memorial Wall

Why I Walk Wall:
Share your story, leave a message of hope or anything you want to share with walkers.

Memorial Wall:
If you are a survivor of suicide loss, we encourage you to bring a non-returnable photo of your loved one to the event to add to the Memorial Wall.




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


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