*POSTPONED* Rockford Area Experience

Join us on October 10, 2020



We regret to inform you that the in-person event scheduled for Saturday, October 10th at Sinnissippi Park has been postponed.

Someone involved with the planning of the event has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24-hours.  For the safety of our participants and volunteers, we will need to refrain from gathering in person this weekend.

We will update you with alternate plans for packet and shirt pickup as soon as possible, and invite you to walk in your neighborhood, or favorite park or trail, on Saturday.  Be sure to post photos of your walk on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/RockfordAFSP/.

And we invite you to tune in for the virtual event, which will be broadcast on YouTube at 4pm on Saturday.  The link for viewing will be sent in a separate email on Friday and posted on the Facebook event page.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility in this challenging year.  Obviously none of this is what we had hoped for this year, but the safety of our AFSP family must come first.  We will continue to update you on plans for getting resources and shirts.

Event Details

Event Date: TBD
Event Location: TBD
Time: TBD

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Amanda Sink 
Contact Phone: 815-435-0252 
Contact Email: rockfordoutofdarkness@gmail.com

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

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness *POSTPONED* Rockford Area Experience


On October 10th, we will set up tables along the path for you to pick up your to-go bag, which includes your honor beads, coping kits, free goodies, resources, and so much more, as well as t-shirts for those individuals who have fundraised $150 or more! 

We will stagger groups with scheduled time frames to ensure appropriate social distancing and encourage you to walk in your neighborhood, the bike path, or wherever you'd like! Please ensure appropriate CDC and State recommendations are followed related to social distancing and please wear your mask to pick up your to-go bag! 

We will also have a spot on our Facebook page for you to share memories of lost loved ones, your own story, and words of encouragement with the community.

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.

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 by 10/10/2020 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.

Together to Fight Suicide. Thank you for your support!