Greater Philadelphia Experience

Join us on October 4, 2020


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Greater Philadelphia Experience

While the Greater Philadelphia 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 invite you to join us this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience. We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you, and we will share more details about our exciting plans in the coming weeks.

We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to sign up and join us here!

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Date: 10/04/2020
Location: Online Presentation - Time TBA 
Program Start: 9:00 am
Program End: 10:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Mary Ann Murtha 
Contact Phone: 215-532-0275 
Contact Email:

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

Event Details

The Walk is still happening, just in a new and creative way! While we may not be able to gather all together this year, participants and their teams will be safely walking throughout neighborhoods and parks all across our community on the same day, at the same time in honor of the person(s) for whom they walk and in commemoration of the 2020 Greater Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Experience. This is an opportunity to bring our messages of hope and awareness to the places we call home, so carry your Honor & Remembrance signs, wear your OOTD walk t-shirts and beads with pride, and share your experiences on social media using our hashtag #PhillyFightsSuicide!

OPENING CEREMONY will take place Online. Join us from your computer or phone while you walk as we remember the impact of suicide during the annual Honor Beads Ceremony, share stories of hope and healing, and take time to recognize all of our wonderful top participants, teams, and sponsors furthering our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

When you tune in to our live stream opening ceremony to kick-off the 2020 Greater Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Experience at 9 a.m., on October 4th, you will have the pleasure of enjoying Louis Knight, hometown ambassador and internationally known singer-songwriter, perform his original song “Change”.

"DRIVE UP" to PICK UP We will be hosting several Packet Pickup events throughout walk season where participants can come and grab OOTD signage and goodie bags filled with swag,  tips & tools, luminaria materials, and more! And, in true “Drive By” fashion, please feel free to decorate your car to show your Team Spirit! Register for an upcoming distribution site:

FUNDRAISING Share your fundraising link on social media with a picture or video and why you support OOTD using the hashtag #PhillyFightsSuicide. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow us on social media: @afspphiladelphia on Facebook and @afsp_philly on Instagram and @AFSPphilly on Twitter.

T-SHIRT All participants who raise $150+ will have their 2020 Greater Philadelphia OOTD t-shirt in the mail! Please note that your t-shirt might arrive after the Experience, but please feel free to wear your past OOTD Walk shirts on October 4th!

SEND US YOUR PIX/VIDEOs: If you have pictures or videos that you would like to share with us either leading up to the Experience or on the day of experience, please share them on all our social media sites using #PhillyFightsSuicide &/or email:

FREE PREVENTION EDUCATION Join AFSP for any of these programs, now presented online, to learn how you can be a lifesaver! Find an educational program @    

HAVE YOUR FURRY FRIEND JOIN THE FIGHT: Your furry friend(s) can walk alongside you as you & your team Walks to fight suicide. Join #PhillyPawsforPrevention @ And, when your furry friend raises $10 or more, he/she will receive an AFSP Doggie Bandana!

Say Their Name!

Although we may be a part this year, AFSP Greater Philadelphia will continue to pay tribute to those who have lost loved ones, lived experience or impacted by mental health. Please take a moment to complete the three questions below so that we can honor our loved ones throughout our Online Presentation.

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).

Why Register?

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines as we map out our options for bringing you an experience of hope and healing this fall.

Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:

  1. You belong to 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.
  2. We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  3. Mental Health and suicide prevention are more important than ever, and we’re confident that with your help we can reach more people than ever before.

We realize that nothing can substitute the experience of coming together in person, and we will continue to seek ways in which we can do that safely, if possible. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and/or in-person this fall. Please contact your local chapter for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.

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 continued support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention! 

#TogetherToFightSuicide #PhillyFightsSuicide #OutoftheDarkness