St. Louis Experience

Join us on September 27, 2020




Event Details

Event Date: 09/27/2020
Location: In your neighborhood or local park 
Check-in Time: 8:00 am
Programs Begin: 11:00 am
Programs End: 3:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jeanni Schmidt & Kellen Wolters (309-750-3116) 
Contact Phone: 314-392-7136 
Contact Email:

Online registration will close at the end of the event day. Anyone who would like to participate can register in person at one of the t-shirt pick-up locations listed below. Registration is free and open to the public. Event donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness St. Louis Experience


We are in very unprecedented times with the surge of the Covid-19 pandemic.  As volunteers for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Missouri Chapter and St. Louis Walk Planning Committee, our first priority is the safety and health of all of our participantsSo this year we will not be coming together in person at Creve Coeur Lake Park.

However, HOPE is not cancelled. We will be coming together as a community to fight suicide in other ways.  We encourage each participant and team to walk in their neighborhood or local park to show your support of AFSP!  We will be broadcasting a live opening ceremony the day of the event. Then, wear you team, walk or Be The Voice shirt, make a sign and bring the AFSP message out into your community!


Raise $150 by 09/27/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Experience T-shirt! 

Saturday, September 26th, T-shirt, beads and Why I Walk buttons, etc. pick-up locations are  posted below.  Pick up times will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 


Be prepared for the St. Louis Out of the Darkness Experience!

This year, we are asking our participants to walk in their local neighborhood or park, but that doesn't mean you can't feel like you are walking with everyone at Creve Coeur Park!  Join us on Saturday, September 26th (the day before the St. Louis event) at one of many locations around the STL area.  Here you can pick up  your earned event t-shirts (for participants who raise $150 or more), honor beads, Why I Walk pins, and other items/resources. To keep everyone as safe as possible, these locations will be held outside to allow for social distancing. E-mail with any questions.

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional donations at the t-shirt pick-up locations on Sept 26th.

While, the St. Louis Out of the Darkness Walk is going to look different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope. 

When you participate in the Out of the Darkness Experiences this fall, 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.

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.

Thanks to Participants and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a bold 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.

Save A Penny

Our Save A Penny, Save A Life campaign is still happening this year!

Kids are the future, so let's keep them involved!  All kids (12 and under) can save loose change and donate it to the St. Louis Out of the Darkness Experience.  Instead of bringing the change to the event site, we are asking you to help them make their donation.  It's easy!

1. Register the child for the walk (registration link below).  Kids can be part of a team or individual walkers.

2. Print the Save A Penny logo (above) and start collecting change! 

3. Take a picture of your child with the change they've collected and post to the Missouri Chapter Facebook Page and use #saveapenny

4. Cash in the change at your local bank or CoinStar Location.

5. Bring a check made payable to AFSP or cash to a t-shirt pick-up location near you. (Locations to be posted soon.)

Remembering Our Loved Ones at This Year's OOTD Experience

We will remember and honor our loved ones with a slideshow during this year's Out of the Darkness St. Louis Experience.  If we have created a poster/collage for your loved one for a previous walk, please let me know that you would like it used again.  I will not be redesigning past posters/collages.

If you have not attended a past walk and would like to have a photo of your loved one in this year's slideshow, please email a photo and put "OOTD Photo" in the subject line and include in the body of the email the person's name and any brief message (years, etc.) you would like displayed with the photo to:

Cut-off date for photo submission is Sunday, September 20th.

Help Spread the Word!

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

  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

  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 walker central


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

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! We look forward to seeing you at the St. Louis Experience!