Bloomington Indiana Experience

Join us on October 11, 2020


Event Details

Experience Date: 10/11/2020
Experience Location: Bloomington Harley Davidson - 522 W Gourley Pike, Bloomington, IN, 47404

Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Date: 10/11/2020
Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Location: Bloomington Harley Davidson - 522 W Gourley Pike, Bloomington, IN, 47404
Resource, Bracelet, and Bead Pick-Up Time: 2 PM - 4 PM on 10/11 at Bloomington Harley Davidson 

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: James Uland and Hannah Lewis 
Contact Phone: 812-322-3092 
Contact Email:

2020 IN Chapter Impact Sheet

Mental Health and COVID-19

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

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Bloomington Indiana Experience

No matter what the future holds, we know that we can still connect and stand in solidarity with one another in support of the cause. Whether you sign up as a walker or virtual participant, you are sending the message that nothing will stop us from working to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Register for the Out of the Darkness Walk today.

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.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Bloomington Walk Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $500, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits! 

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!

Community Resources

It is important to be proactive about your mental health during uncertain times. If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. These resources can be used for support in addition to situations of crisis. You are not alone. We are in this together.


Raise $150 by 10/11/2020 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

Prevention Rocks

During the Weekend of October 11, in honor of this year’s AFSP Out of The Darkness Walk Virtual Experience, over 300 thoughtfully decorated rocks with messages of hope and connection will be placed along various walking trails in the Monroe County area.  These rocks are made by Kiwanis members and their youth club members aged elementary through college from Monroe County and throughout South Central Indiana.

In partnership with the Suicide Prevention Project_STAY, members from 8 different Kiwanis Family clubs have spent the last three months painting, drawing and preserving messages of hope to people who would like to keep the rocks, or hand them on to others in need of support.  The messages inspire hope and direct the finder to resources that can help them STAY:  Healthy, Happy and Alive.

Walkers can look for the rocks along trails in Bloomington, including Clear Creek, Jackson Creek, the B-Line, and Bryan Park.  More rocks will be added over the year.

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 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.

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Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Bloomington Indiana Experience!