Lynchburg Experience

Join us on October 3, 2020



Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Lynchburg Experience


Event Details

Date: 10/03/2020 - 10/10/2020
Location: Details Below 

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Joan Rosin & Deanne Adams (407-448-8301, 
Contact Phone: 434-426-3751 
Contact Email:

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


Why do you walk?  Share your reason on our Virginia "Why I Walk" Wall!

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YES! The Lynchburg Out of the Darkness Experience is a real walk, but on your terms: you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you (within safe distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year.

We realize that nothing can substitute the experience of coming together in person, but we invite you to join us for our our live-stream opening ceremony at 10:00 AM on October 3rd, and then make your walk at whatever time you choose during the week.

There will be no in-person activities at Riverfront Park.

Visit to view the ceremony.

Why Register?

  • By registering for the Lynchburg Out of the Darkness Experience, you join a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.
  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
  • Registered walkers will be emailed updates and invites to e-vents in the upcoming months, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes
  • Individuals who raise $150 or more by October 10th will receive our exclusive 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!
  • You can connect with our new virtual community by joining our Participant Facebook Group! You'll meet other participants from across our community.

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account.  Question that isn't answered? Reach out to us at

Schedule of Activities


Ongoing - Hope in the Mailbox

Brighten someone's day by sending them a free postcard.  Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walks bring communities across the country together to fight suicide and deliver hope to all who may be struggling with a mental health condition or loss of a loved one. While there may be some limitations on how we can gather in person this year, we can still send hope and let people know that they are not alone.  Complete the form below and we’ll drop a postcard in the mail to bring a smile to someone's face by letting them know they’re on your mind.  Get started at


*Please note that the dates and activities listed below are subject to change as we finalize our event plans.*

Friday, October 2nd:

  • T-shirt and bead pick up on Friday 5-7:30 at Our Savior Lutheran Church

Saturday, October 3rd:

  • Out of the Darkness Experience Online Opening Ceremony - 10:00 AM - View at

 Sunday, October 4th - World Smile Day:

  • Random Acts of Kindness Campaign
  • Self-Care Sunday
    • “42 Self Care tips for highly sensitive people”
    • “Inclusive Self-Care for all levels of functioning”
    • Check out Facebook page Lynchburg VA Out of the Darkness Experience for details

Monday, October 5th - National Do Something Nice Day:

  • Random Acts of Kindness Campaign

Tuesday, October 6th:

  • Tell Us Tuesday - Facebook
    • Why I Walk features
    • Interactive question posts
    • Re-post pre-recorded personal testimonials

Wednesday, October 7th - National Inner Beauty Day:

Thursday, October 8th:

  • Memorial/Remembrance Activity
    • Posting pictures of loved ones on Facebook
    • Memory Wall @ Riverfront Park
    • Re-posting uploaded photos on

Friday, October 9th:

  • Call a friend day!  Meet for lunch, dinner or just Have a Real Convo#

Saturday, October 10th - World Mental Health Day:

  • Out of the Darkness Online Closing Ceremony - View on


Help Spread the Word!

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

  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  We also invite you to join our Lynchburg Participant Facebook Group to receive our newest information and updates.

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

Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.


There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story!



Raise $150 by 10/03/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

EXCLUSIVE FOR 2020:  Teams who raised $1,000 prior to our print deadline of August 21st will have their team name appear on the back of our official event T-shirt!  Congratulations to teams Al's Angels, Genworth Shines, and Pretty Tough.


Activities of Hope and Healing

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. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.


The Out of the Darkness Experience is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for resources, please visit


Thank you for your support!