Capital Region Experience for R.I.T.A.

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Capital Region Experience for R.I.T.A.

This year, we’ve "reinvented" our Capital Region  Out of the Darkness Walk for R.I.T.A. into the Capital Region Experience for R.I.T.A.   We need to abide by state and town guidelines, and we are not allowed our normal  large gathering of people in one site. At AFSP, our primary concern is to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers and staff. While we are all disappointed that we cannot get everyone together in person at Saratoga Spa State Park, we have lots of exciting opportunities to engage our participants this year. 

We invite you to join us this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience. 

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Date: 10/04/2020
Location: Orenda Pavillion 
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Individuals and Team Captains who raise more than $150 will be invited to register for a time to join us to Pickup T-shirts, beads and other resources and swag!

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Dan Egan 
Contact Phone: 518-376-0101 
Contact Email:

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


YES! The Capital Region Experience for R.I.T.A. is a real walk, but not on-site on 10/4/20.  Instead, it's on YOUR terms: you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you (within safe distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year.

We realize that nothing can substitute the experience of coming together as a large group to walk in person.  We will continue to seek ways in which we can do that safely.  Please contact the AFSP Capital Region NY Chapter at for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.

Why Register?

  • By registering for the Capital Region Experience for R.I.T.A. , you join a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.

  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!

  • Registered walkers will be emailed updates and invites to e-vents in the upcoming months, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes

  • Individuals who raise $150 or more, will be invited to join AFSP at Saratoga Spa State Park on 10/4/20 to pickup their Shirts as well as other swag/resources.

  • Registered walkers will be emailed an exclusive #CapitalRegionTogether Out of the Darkness Experience sign to print! Personalize it with your name and your reason for walking. #WhyIWalk

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.   Question that isn't answered? Reach out to us at

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).

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 the participant hub.

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



Raise $150 by 10/04/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!


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!