Carroll County MD Experience

Carroll County MD Experience

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Welcome to the

Out of the Darkness Carroll County MD Experience

While the Carroll County 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 invite you to join us for the Carroll County Out of the Darkness Experiences. Instead of gathering for a big event, we encourage you to walk to fight suicide on September 12 and 13 with friends and family (following CDC guidelines) in your neighborhood, in parks, or on your treadmill.  Wear AFSP or Out of the Darkness T-shirts and make signs in honor of a loved one or to spread hope in your community. If walking is not your thing, do whatever you enjoy – it is YOUR experience. For those who want to be part of a safe in-person event, join us for the Carroll County Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony at Krimgold Park, Woodbine on September 12 from 7-9 pm. The hundreds of luminaries placed throughout the park will shine a light on suicide prevention and let our community know that HOPE IS NOT CANCELLED. Participants have to stay in their car to keep other participants and our volunteers safe. We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to register and like our Facebook Event!

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.

Pictures are here! Carroll County Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony

WATCH: Opening Remarks for the 2020 Carroll County Out of the Darkness Experience

WATCH: Honor Beads 2020 Carroll County Out of the Darkness Experience

SHARE your Out of the Darkness Experience using #MDTogetherToFightSuicide and tagging @afspmaryland

MEMORIAL WALL - post a picture and stories of a loved one lost to suicide

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MY OUT OF THE DARKNESS EXPERIENCE WALL - post pictures and stories of YOUR Out of the Darkness Experience

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WATCH: Learn more about the Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony from Event Chair Lori Barnard-Lowe


Raise $150 by October 25 at midnight and receive and Out of the Darkness Shirt in the mail by early December!

Checks made out to AFSP and money orders (no cash) can be mailed to AFSP Maryland, PO Box 169, Annapolis, MD 21404 - please include an offline donation form.


Event Details

Event Date: 09/12/2020

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Lori Barnard 
Contact Phone: 240-674-4538 
Contact Email:

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

Get Registered

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.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).

Wait ... are we still walking to fight suicide?

YES! The Carroll County Out the Darkness Experience is focused on your self-care and creating your own experience. You get to choose the activity, it can be walking, running, reading or cooking - it is your experience . During September, 12th and 13th you choose what time you start, what you do and who joins you (within safe distancing guidelines)!  

If you do go for a walk in your community, make sure to wear and AFSP or Out of the Darkness shirt and bring a sign in honor of a loved one or to spread hope in your community. Take a picture and share it on social media using #MDTogetherToFightSuicide and tagging @afspmaryland. You can also share your pictures on our "My Out of the Darkness Experience" virtual wall.

Here some recommendations from our Walk Chair Committee for local parks and hiking areas:

  • Krimgold Park, 5355 Woodbine Road, Woodbine
  • Piney Run Lake, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville 

  • Liberty Reservoir, 5685 Oakland Road, Eldersburg

  • Union Mills , 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster 

  • Hashawa/Bear Branch, 300 John Ewing Road, Westminster 

  • Cape Horn Park Hampstead, 2500 Cape Horn Rd

  • Little Pipe Creek, Union Bridge

  • Watkins Park, 615 Center St, Mt.Airy

  • Wakefield Valley, 1007-1010 Denby Farm Road, Westminster

Carroll County Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony -September 12 from 7 to 9 pm

While we can’t gather for an Out of the Darkness Walk this year, we still want to bring light into the darkness and invite you to the very first Carroll County Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony on September 12 from 7-9 pm at Krimgold Park, Woodbine. For this one evening, we will light up the park with hundreds of luminaries to show you that HOPE IS NOT CANCELLED and that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Whether you lost a loved one to suicide, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, simply care about the cause, we hope you will be a part of this evening.

This is a free event, but you have to register  by clicking the Register Now button on the top of the page. If you are already fundraising for any of the other Maryland Out of the Darkness Experiences, we kindly ask you to still register for the Carroll County Experience, so we know how many people to expect. Everyone participating, not just the driver, has to be registered. You can arrive at any time between 7-9 pm. During the ceremony, we ask you to stay in your car at all times and wear a face mask when interacting with event staff. Our event staff is required to wear face masks and protective gear at all times.

We hope you will join us for this special evening.

Honor Luminary

Walk Chair Lori Barnard-Lowe and her team will decorate some of the luminaries in memory or in honor of loved ones. While you may not be able to see the decorated luminary during the event, our photographer will take photos of them and we will email those pictures to you after the event. All we need from you is your loved one's:
- name
- a picture
- one sentence to describe them (optional)
- your bead color (see chart below)

Please email this information to by September 1.

Why Fundraising?

Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Maryland and nationally. With last year's Walk fundraising, the AFSP Maryland Chapter was able to educate over 3,500 Marylanders on suicide prevention and mental health. We

  • spoke to middle/high school students, their parents and educators
  • presented to active duty military members, veterans and first responders
  • spoke at churches, community centers, libraries, and senior homes
  • hosted our fourth annual State Capitol Day in Annapolis and talked to over 30 legislators about how suicide affects Marylanders and how we can start reducing the annual suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025.
  • organized 9 Survivor Day events and continue to facilitate Healing Conversations, a peer support program for loss survivors.

There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

  • Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you're a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page!
  • Donate to yourself, even just a modest sum of $20, to show others you are committed to the cause. It's easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
  • Share your page and story with others. It's OK to ask for donations! And you may have to ask several times – that’s OK too!

You can also hold your own third-party fundraiser (i.e. paint night, restaurant fundraiser, bake sale etc.) and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal. Contact us if you need some guidance for your private fundraiser:

This website is designed for online donations. You can mail checks and money orders to AFSP Maryland, PO Box 169, Annapolis, MD 21404. When you mail checks and money orders, please make sure that checks are made out to “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention” or "AFSP" and to include an offline donation form, so funds can be applied correctly. Once registered, be on the lookout for occasional emails from our walk chairs with walk updates, fundraising tips and educational workshop opportunities.


If you are a business that would like to support your community by helping save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide, please consider sponsoring the Carroll County Out of the Darkness Experience. We know that many businesses are struggling because of the pandemic, so any support for this year’s walk would mean a lot to us. Please make sure to also check out our toolkit for workplaces on how to enhance mental health during uncertain times. Know that we have resources to support you and your staff and that we would be more than happy to schedule a virtual or in-person (once possible) mental health and suicide prevention workshop with your team. To schedule a training, contact us at

If you are an employee, let your employer know that you will be walking in the Carroll County Out of the Darkness Experience and encourage them to form a corporate walk team. Share with them our sponsorship package and let them know that we are offering free suicide prevention trainings for workplaces. To schedule a training, contact us at

Sponsorship levels start at only $250 and your support is 100% tax-deductible. All sponsors receive brand visibility and recognition of their support. For more details, please download and review our sponsorship packet.

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!


Raise $150 or more by October 25 @ midnight and we will mail you an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you can mail checks or money orders (no cash) to AFSP Maryland, PO Box 169, Annapolis, MD 21404.

Activities of Hope and Healing

Memorial Wall

Make sure to upload a picture of a loved one with a note to our virtual "Memorial Wall". When you upload your content, please make sure to follow these safe language guidelines. We will have to approve every single post to make sure all images and texts are safe, therefore it might take a few hours to show on the wall. Thank you for understanding!

Luminary Fundraiser

Shine a light on suicide prevention and bring HOPE to your home. Order 2 luminaries for $25 and 4 for $45. Proceeds will benefit the AFSP Maryland Chapter. This is a limited edition of 250 luminaries. Don't forget to share your luminary with us on social media using #MDTogetherToFightSuicide and tagging @afspmaryland. The luminaries can be purchased here and we will ship them to you.

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.

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Thank you for your support!