Westchester County Experience

Join us on October 17, 2020

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Event Details

Date: 10/17/2020
Location: Harbor Island Park - Mamaroneck, NY
Time: 10:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Sara Ramos 
Contact Phone: 914-522-2217 
Contact Email: [email protected]

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

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Westchester 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 park, on your own

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 park.

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


TOctober 17th, 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

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

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 10/17/2020 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.

NEW Out of the Darkness Experience Chapter T-Shirt Design CONTEST! Looking for creative, talented designers! Our chapter is launching a T-shirt design contest for our 2020 Fall Out of the Darkness Experience Events. This year, we will select one design to be showcased and printed on the back of all our OOTD shirts.

Submission Requirements

Design parameters should incorporate themes surrounding:

·       “Hope is Not Cancelled”

·       Mental health and suicide prevention

·       Covid-19 and the implications the pandemic has had on our world (physical distancing, not social distancing)


And follow these guidelines:

·       Must be registered as a walker in order to submit a design

·       Must follow safe messaging. No inappropriate imagery, language or terms will be accepted

·       Design cannot include your team name or the name of a loved one

·       If possible, avoid intricate detailing as it may not display well (dependent on how many other logos will be included)

·       Vector art PDF files are best, but not mandatory

·       Designer can include their signature on the piece if desired


Disclaimer: Our AFSP Chapter Board of Directors will review all the designs and reserves the right to exclude any submission from the voting process that do not follow the above guidelines*

Submit artwork to: midoni[email protected]

Deadline to Submit: August 10th

Once your artwork has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation.

Voting Info:

The top designs selected will be posted on the Chapter Facebook page. Our followers will be asked to vote for their top choice of designs. The design that gets the most likes will win and the winner’s artwork  will be added to all Chapter Walk t-shirts for 2020 OOTD Experience.


Activities of Hope and Healing

2020 Remembrance Video

Submit photo of your loved one (include anything special you want us to know about them) to: [email protected]

Deadline to Submit: October 8th 

Once your photo has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. 


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.

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 Westchester County Experience!