Chicagoland Experience

Join us on October 17, 2020


Together to Fight Suicide:
Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Experience

Date: 10/17/2020 and 10/18/2020
Location: Online & Virtual Walk
Event Begins: Saturday, October 17th at 9:00 am
Event Ends: Sunday, October 18th at 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Courtney Collins 
Contact Phone: 312-802-9714 
Contact Email:


Thank you for supporting the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Experience on Saturday 10/17 and Sunday 10/18! We appreciate your support, passion, and dedication to save lives. We hope to see you in-person next year and until then, stay safe and be well. Thank YOU again!

Videos of the Honor Bead Community Discussions can be viewed on the chapter YouTube page.

You can still view the Why I Walk Wall, Memorial Wall, and slideshow at


Upcoming Deadlines

December 31st

Donations are accepted through 12/31/2020!

Chicagoland Experience FAQs

When and where is the event taking place?
The walk is still taking place but just on your terms! We encourage everyone to walk in their community on 10/17 and 10/18. We will also have an interactive, online site as well as streamed Community Discussions.


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 event 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 additional questions, view the full FAQ document or email


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 Experience! Click here to learn more or email for more information.

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

You can connect with others by joining the Facebook event page!

Please be sure to use the following: @AFSPIL @AFSPChicago #ootdccw

Fundraise Online

$150+ - Event t-shirt. Raise $150 by November 1st and receive the official Out of the Darkness Experience t-shirt!


$500-$999 - Red Ribbon Participant. Receive a $25 certificate to the AFSP Store.

$1,000+ - Blue Ribbon Participant. Receive a $50 certificate to the AFSP Store.


Day of Experience: Resources & Activities

Online Activities

There will be a variety of elements on the event website on 10/17 and 10/18. More information will be shared via email!

Honor Beads

We are unable to provide physical beads this year but the Community Discussions on 10/17 and 10/18 will be focused around the Honor Beads.

Why I Walk Wall
and Memorial Wall

These elements will be available on the event website on 10/17 and 10/18. More information will be shared soon!


Thank you for your support! Together, we can fight suicide.