Walk Date: 09/12/2020
Walk Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum - Biloxi, MS
Check-in/Registration Time: 8:00 am
Walk Program Begins: 9:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
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.
About the Walk
The walk begins at the south entrance of the Coliseum's parking lot. We will cross over Highway 90 to the boardwalk and walk East on the boardwalk until the boardwalk ends. We will then turn around and walk back to the Coliseum. The total distance is 1.5 miles. (Restroom facilities will be available inside the Coliseum.)
Free parking will be available at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
We welcome your well behaved furry friends. Raise a paw for prevention! Each $10 Paws for Prevention donation supports AFSP's mission and comes with an official AFSP doggy bandana.
All dogs must be leashed and accompanied by a registered Out of the Darkness Community Walk participant. Please remember to clean up after your dog.
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
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 09/12/2020 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
Be sure to check in at the registration table and receive your free raffle ticket. Ten registered participants will receive a goody bag with AFSP swag. Must be present to win. Raffle numbers will be announced after the Walk.
The team who raises the most money will begin the Walk, holding the Mississippi Gulf Coast Out of the Darkness Community Walk banner. This team will also be recognized during the opening ceremony.
We encourage each team to bring out a decorated Team canopy! Feel free to get creative and make a statement! There will be judging and prizes given away after the Walk.
Take a selfie and win a prize! During the event only, post a selfie on social media using our Walk hashtag and you could be a winner! The hashtag will be given when you register/check-in at the Walk. The prize will be awarded after the Walk. Selfies can include teams and the more original the better! Feel free to use our photo props.
Join our local military in doing the 22 Kill Push-up Challenge before the Walk begins. Everyone is invited to participate.
NEW THIS YEAR - Be sure to visit our Silent Auction tent to place your bids.
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.