Traverse City Walk

Join us on September 14, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/14/2019
Walk Location: The Open Space Park - Traverse City, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Janeen M. Wardie 
Contact Phone: 231-414-4424 
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 Traverse City Walk

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.

Walk Route

Download Walk Route map.

The following are regulations regarding the use of tabacco products in City Parks: this is a NON-SMOKING EVENT.  The use of all tobacco products, including the use of e-cigarettes, is prohibited in ALL City Parks, including beach areas owned or operated by the City, park buildings and structures, and within 15 feet of any playgrounds.  

Download Site Map.


Click here to sign up to volunteer.


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.  

Become a Sponsor

Download the Traverse City Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $500, 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!

Pre-Walk Fundraisers

Cheers to Hope: Sip for Suicide Prevention

Painting with a Twist

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Traverse City 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

  Follow Us! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. View our event page.

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

  Remember your LinkedIn connections!
 Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central (must be logged in)


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 09/14/2019 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. 

Resource Fair

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.

Information tables hosted by local businesses, mental health non-profit organizations, and other health related resources will open at 9:00 am and will stay open until 1:00pm.  This will be an opportunity to gather literature, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, promoting physical health as well as mental health, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss. 

We will also have an AFSP Tent, where you will be able to find out more information about volunteer opportunities, advocacy events, survivor day events, campus walks, Interactive Screening programs, and more!

BE THE VOICE!  Our merchandise tent is bigger and better than ever before! Tons of Be the Voice items, as well as OOTD and AFSP goods.

Family/Team Info

We will reserve a space for families and teams to set up tents, but no stakes please (weights are good).  Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the peaceful view of the Grand Traverse bay. Beaches and Splash pad right next to the Open Space. 

Activities of Hope and Healing

Make sure to bring a picture of your loved one for our Memory Tent.  Poster-boards welcome also.  
Join us in our Hope Tent, where you will be able to share messages of hope for those joining us who have struggled, or are currently struggling.

We will also have a Poster Making Tent, bring an enlarged picture of your loved one to place on a poster and carry with you during the walk.  


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.

There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.

Other Activities/Information

We will have a team photographer, so make sure to stop by and get a photo of your team!

We will have rocks for you to paint to take home with you to remember the walk by.

Water Stations will be provided along with granola bars and fruit for participants 

Arrive early and car pool if possible.  Parking is limited downtown TC.  Parking garages are within walking distance to the Open Space.  Bring a bag chair to sit and relax and enjoy the beautiful, peaceful view of the bay. 

*Keep your eyes out for our newsletters (via email) and make sure to follow our Facebook page for the most up to date info on everything walk related! If you would like info on creative ways to fundraise for your team (bowling events, restaurant fundraisers, garage sales etc…) or if you have any questions, contact Janeen Wardie at




The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. 

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

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