Jacksonville Walk

Join us on November 16, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 11/16/2019
Walk Location: Treaty Oak Park, 1123 Prudential Dr. - Jacksonville, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 8:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ellen Menendez & Sarah Clark (sclark@afsp.org, 561-392-7877) 
Contact Phone: 904-465-7106 
Contact Email: ellenmenendez.afsp@gmail.com

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 Jacksonville 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

Our walk route will be a 2 mile paved walk through downtown Jacksonville.  It is accessible to everyone including those with strollers and wheelchairs. 


Free parking is available at the following locations on a first come, first serve basis:

Suddath Parking Garage located at 815 S. Main St.

*Due to the narrowness and size of the Suddath Parking garage, we ask that large SUV’s and Trucks DO NOT park in the Suddath Parking Garage.

Wine Cellar is located at 1314 Prudential Drive

Parking under overpasses is located between Hendricks Avenue and Kings Avenue at Louisa Street

Open Lot parking across from the Bearded Pig which is located at 1224 Kings Ave

*There is a Park to Pay garage at 1398 Kings Avenue.

These are .5 mile or less from the park.

Pets:  Well-behaved, friendly pets are allowed at the walk.  Please make sure they are on a leash and that you bring your own bags to clean up after them.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Jacksonville Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With 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!

Upload agreement and logo online

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Jacksonville Walk 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. Click HERE to like 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!
 Follow AFSP North Florida. 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 11/16/2019 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. 

ANY TEAM that raises $1,000+ by Friday, October 11th at 9 am will have their team names printed on the backs of all participant t-shirts.

Activities of Hope and Healing

We all walk for different reasons. Maybe we have lost a loved one to suicide. Perhaps we walk because we live with a mental health condition. Some of us walk in support of a loved one. The one thing that connects all of us is a desire to stop suicide. 

It is our goal to honor all of the reasons our community members choose to join us on walk day. Whether you spend time in our Hope and Healing Area, talk to our community and sponsor partners, or take a few moments to listen to music, we hope you will find community, connection and inspiration to #BeTheVoice. 

A glimpse of this year's Walk day:

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.


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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