Schenectady Experience

Join us on October 10, 2020


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Schenectady Experience

This year, we’ve "reinvented" our Schenectady Out of the Darkness Walk into the Out of the Darkness Schenectady Experience.   We need to abide by state and town guidelines, and we are not allowed our normal  large gathering of people at one time.  At AFSP, our primary concern is to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers and staff.   While there are many changes due to Covid-19 for this year’s event, it does not mean that we cannot still have a meaningful and impactful day, and we hope we can again count on your involvement.. 

NOTE:  We will be keeping count, and so if we reach 50 people, we may ask you to wait a few minutes before entering the Pavilion area.  When you do enter the pavilion area at Schenectady's Central Park , there will be a one way walk-thru to stop at all the experience areas.   Additionally, masks are mandatory and must be worn at all times.


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

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Date: 10/10/2020
Location: Central Park 
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Friday, October 9th, all registered participants will receive their attendance time, so we can preserve social distancing.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Nichele Darby 
Contact Phone: 518-384-5023 
Contact Email:

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


YES! The Out of the Darkness Schenectady Experience is a real walk, but while we won't be walking together on 10/10/20, we will still be GATHERINGJoin us.. then walk 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.   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 Schenectady Experience , 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!

  • Individuals who register will be invited to join AFSP at Central Park on 10/10/20 to pick up resources and beads as well as any incentives they may have earned (including an event shirt for all those who raise $150+)    We will have a number of stations that day to experience:

    Stations will include the below:
    • STOP #1  --  Money table (in case you have any money you want to drop off)
    • STOP #2 --   Incentives Table - If you raised $150 or more you pick up your shirt and if you earn them your car magnet or Luminaria .  You give your name & we will hand you your prize
    • STOP #3 --  Resource Table (s)
    • STOP #4     Honor Bead Pickup
    • STOP #5     Merchandise Table- you can purchase merch.
    • STOP #6     View our Lifekeeper Memory Quilts
    • STOP #7     Sit for a few moments at our “Sharing Circle”   Connect with other loss survivors in a socially distanced circle.  
    • STOP #8     Get your picture taken with our Chapter banner  and sign our 2020 Banner
  • 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 10/10/2020 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!