Chicagoland Walk

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Walk to Fight Suicide
Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk


Walk to Promote Mental Health
Walk to Prevent Suicide
Walk to Honor Yourself & Loved Ones

The Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk builds community, inspires hope, and creates connection. The walk is a reminder that no one is alone. Whether you've lost a loved one, struggle with a mental health condition, have attempted suicide, or care about suicide prevention, this walk is for you. Your story matters and you matter.

Join nearly 8,000 suicide prevention supporters on Saturday, September 19 to walk to raise awareness for this leading cause of death.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow guidelines from local officials. No matter what, the walk will happen whether in-person, in smaller groups, or virtually.


Walk Date: 09/19/2020
Walk Location: Montrose Harbor - Chicago, IL
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Program 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]


Sponsorship opportunities are available! Show employees and your community that you care about mental health well-being and suicide prevention. Click here or the image below to learn more.

FOR THOSE OBSERVING ROSH HASHANAH: We understand this date overlaps with Rosh Hashanah and apologize for the inconvenience this may cause for those celebrating the holiday. We spoke with every venue that can accommodate an event our size, and none of them had alternate dates available since many large events like ours tend to secure the same weekend, annually. Please know there is a virtual walker option if you are unable to attend and would like to be involved with the walk. We hope you will join us for one of the other walks taking place throughout the state and will join us again at the Chicagoland Walk next year.  To find another walk in Illinois, visit If you would like to discuss other ways to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Illinois Chapter, please email [email protected].

Chicagoland Walk FAQs

When and where is the walk?
Saturday, September 19th, 9:00am at Montrose Harbor.


Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.


How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!


How do I set up my personal fundraising page?
If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.


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


How You Can Help

Become a Sponsor

Are you looking for a way to show your community and employees that you're committed to their mental health and well-being?  Sponsor the Chicagoland Walk! Click here for additional information and to learn more.

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

A link to order promotional materials will be coming soon!

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

Fundraise Online

$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by September 19 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.

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.


Day of the Walk: Resources & Activities

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.


Onsite Raffle

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


Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through.

At the Walk, 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 why the walk is important to you.

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!