Mohawk Valley Experience

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Mohawk Valley Experience

While the Mohawk Valley 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 use our voices and share our stories to provide hope. We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Walk Date: 10/03/2020
Walk Location: Online 

Week of Hope Online Activities: 10/12/20 - 10/16/20
Chapter Wide Celebration of HOPE: 10/17/20
Online Program: 10/17/20 from 10 am - 11 pm 

Please register in advance for the Mohawak Valley Experience. 

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Amy Fahey & Jessica Carpenter (315-744-4717) 
Contact Phone: 315-985-1807 
Contact Email:

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

Why Register? Are we walking this year?

Yes! And no.

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks and your safety and well-being will always be our top priority. This year, we will NOT have a traditional, full-on walk as in years past but here's what you can expect:

We will have a drive thru from 5-7 pm on September 29th at the Catholic Charities parking lot, 61 West Street, Ilion, NYwhere you can pick up your Honor Beads, resources, and Luminaria, have your picture taken, and say hello to our Committee all while following state and local guidelines.

  • For Contact Tracing purposes, we ask that you please be registered for the Mohawk Valley event before coming to the drive thru
  • Staff and Volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves
  • We will have hand sanitizer and masks available 

So where does the walking part come in?

Great question and we are so glad you asked!

On our scheduled event day of October 3rd, we ask that you wear your Honor Beads and take a walk in a location of your choice with friends and family. Please take photos and tag us on social media using #CNYtogether and watch our Opening Ceremony on our Chapter Facebook page at 10:00 am. 

You are also invited to join the Western, Central, and South Central Chapters in a walk unlike any other we've had on October 17th! Your Walk. Your Way. Together to fight suicide.  The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year! It will be a Celebration of HOPE and Remembrance and we want everyone to be part of it. We will have meaningful activities the week leading up to the Chapter wide event so stay tuned and keep reading to find out how you can submit your photos, make a donation for a Luminaria to light up the night, and more!

Please Help Spread the Word and Raise Awareness

We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPCentralNY with your family and friends. Give them the opportunity to support you. You can post the Mohawk Valley Out of the Darkness Experience link to your Facebook page or start a Facebook Fundraiser right from your registration page! Need help? Visit walker central for tips and tools. Follow us on Instagram and share your photos using  #OutoftheDarkness #TogetherToFightSuicide. 


How do I raise funds?

Ask. We recognize that these are challenging times but there are many people who are willing and able to support your efforts to Be The Voice for suicide prevention. After all, suicide prevention is everyone's business and we all feel good when we contribute to the greater good of others. Here are some simple tips to help you raise $200:

  • Put in your own $20 contribution
  • Ask your significant other for $20
  • Ask your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, or other family member for $20
  • Ask a friend for $20 
  • Ask your supervisor for $20 (and let them know we'd love to do a free Talk Saves Lives program for staff!)
  • Ask 4 co-workers to give you $5 each
  • Ask 2 neighbors for $10 each
  • Ask a local business owner you support for $20
  • Ask neighbors if they'll donate their cans and bottles (400=$20)
  • Ask just one more friend or family member for $20

Need more ideas? Be sure to visit the Fundraising Tips and Tools tab under "Make an Impact"

Learn More about how your business or organization can be a PROUD SUPPORTER!

Email Karen Heisig at  or click here for more information!


Raise $150 by 10/03/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk Experience T-shirt! T-shirts will be sent directly to you this year via mail.

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional donations on 9/29 from 5-7 pm at Catholic Charities. Please bring donations in an envelope with your name and amount written on the outside for minimal contact, or use our onsite QR code to make a donation.

Activities of Hope and Healing

Submit your photo for the Chapter Wide online event sharing why you walk here.

Click here to get a beautiful luminaria to light up the night on October 17th 

Pick up your Honor Beads on 9/29 at Catholic Charities

What are 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.

Save the date! November 21, 2020 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.

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


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