Putnam County Experience

Join us on October 18, 2020

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/18/2020
Walk Location: Putnam County Social Services Bldg #2 - Carmel Hamlet, NY
Time:* 9-10: A-F, 10-11: G-O, 11-12: P-Z

*Once registered, you will be given a confirmed time for your experience.

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Maria Idoni 
Contact Phone: 914-610-9156 
Contact Email: midoni@afsp.org

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk.  Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Putnam County Experience


We will have an in-person walkthrough opportunity on your walk date where you can:

 Pick up your walk t-shirt

Get AFSP resources

Participate in the memorial/remembrance activity

Wear your honor beads

View our Lifekeeper Memory Quilts

Get your picture taken in front of our banner

Drop off any donation money

Take a walk through the town on your own (there will be a designated walk route for you)


Get Registered

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event.  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:

  • 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.
  • We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  • 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.


Adhere to ALL NYS guidelines.

ALL staff & volunteers will be wearing masks & gloves.

Break the in-person event times up alphabetically (you will be assigned a time).

Have hand sanitizer and masks available.

Have separate entrance and exit paths with social distance markers.

Have volunteers to guide you.


THINGS WE WILL NOT DO (at our in-person event):

Have an opening/closing ceremony.

Start walking at the same time.

Linger at the walk site.

    **We are encouraging team captains to do the pick-ups  for their team. 


 October 24th, as a unified community, we will come together virtually, for a chapter wide event. 

This event will include:

Opening ceremony

Guest speaker(s)

Honor Bead Ceremony

2020 Remembrance Video-Request and dedicate a song to your loved one for the Remembrance Video-  https://4yourlovedone.attendease.com/


Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.


Raise $25 by your walk day and receive a car magnet at check-in

Raise  $50 by your walk day and receive a travel mug at check-in       

Raise $250 by 10/2, and receive a "Hope in a Box" at check-in.                                                      

Individuals who raise $500 by 10/7, will receive a personalized sign in honor or remembrance of your loved one. Your signs will be displayed during our Virtual Event on 10/24.  We will make arrangements for you to get the sign after the event


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 10/18/2020 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

2020 Remembrance Video: Submit photo of your loved one (include anything special you want us know about them) to: michellehvafsp@gmail.com, Deadline to Submit: October 8th. Once your photo has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. 

Request and dedicate a song to your loved one for the Remembrance Video-  https://4yourlovedone.attendease.com/

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 www.afsp.org/resources.


Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Putnam County Experience!