Michiana Experience

Join us on September 26, 2020


Event Details

Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Date:  Saturday 09/26/2020
Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Location: Shanklin Park in Goshen near the baseball field parking lot 
Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm on 9/26 at Shanklin Park

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Stephen Gray 
Contact Phone: 574-322-8597 
Contact Email: michianaAFSPwalk@gmail.com

2020 IN Chapter Impact Sheet

Mental Health and COVID-19

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 Michiana Experience

No matter what the future holds, we know that we can still connect and stand in solidarity with one another in support of the cause. Whether you sign up as a walker or virtual participant, you are sending the message that nothing will stop us from working to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Register for the Out of the Darkness Walk today.

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 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.

Pre-Walk Fundraiser

Fundraiser for the Michiana Out of the Darkness Walk, Egging for Prevention allows your kids to wake up to a yard filled with Easter eggs while supporting AFSP! All proceeds benefit AFSP.  This fundraiser is valid for a 35 mile radius of Goshen. This fundraiser will close on 4/8/2020 at noon EST.  20 candy filled eggs = $20. 40 candy filled eggs = $40. Payment will be arranged after form is filled out.  Click here for the form.

For questions, please contact: michianaafspwalk@gmail.com

Become a Sponsor

Download the Michiana Walk Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $500, 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!

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!

Community Resources

It is important to be proactive about your mental health during uncertain times. If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. These resources can be used for support in addition to situations of crisis. You are not alone. We are in this together.


Raise $150 by 09/26/2020 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 donations the day of the 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 Walk 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 www.afsp.org/resources.


Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Michiana Experience!