Virginia Peninsula Experience

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Virginia Peninsula Experience


Event Details

Date: 10/25/2020

We will not be walking as one large group at Newport News Park this year.  Please scroll down for full event schedule, beginning September 19th.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Christy Elliott 
Contact Phone: 757-880-3273 
Contact Email:

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


Why do you walk?  Share your reason on our Virginia "Why I Walk" Wall!

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Why Register?

  • By registering for the Virginia Peninsula Out of the Darkness 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!
  • Registered walkers will be emailed updates and invites to in person and e-vents in the upcoming months, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes
  • Individuals who raise $150 or more by October 25th will receive our exclusive 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!
  • You can connect with our new virtual community by joining our Participant Facebook Group! You'll meet other participants from across our community.

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.  Question that isn't answered? Reach out to us at

Schedule of Activities


Ongoing - Hope in the Mailbox

Brighten someone's day by sending them a free postcard.  Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walks bring communities across the country together to fight suicide and deliver hope to all who may be struggling with a mental health condition or loss of a loved one. While there may be some limitations on how we can gather in person this year, we can still send hope and let people know that they are not alone.  Complete the form below and we’ll drop a postcard in the mail to bring a smile to someone's face by letting them know they’re on your mind.  Get started at

Ongoing September 1st - 30th - Facebook for a Face Mask

Registered participants who set up a Facebook fundraiser THROUGH THEIR EXPERIENCE PARTICIPANT PAGE (cannot be set up directly on Facebook) that raises at least $50 will receive our AFSP Virginia face mask, featuring our HOPE logo. Mask is navy with white print. See your email and our social media for details.


We will not be walking as one large group at Newport News Park this year.

Please check back often for newly scheduled activities and updates. Here's what's coming up:

Saturday, October 25th

  • Join us for the online launch of our Virginia Peninsula Out of the Darkness Experience Documentary.  More details coming soon!

  • T-shirt, bead, and swag bag pickup at Dominion Floor Covering (between County Grill and Walmart on Rt. 17).


Sponsorship Opportunities

We are currently seeking sponsors for our 2020 Out of the Darkness Experience.  If you or your employer would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christy Elliott at 757.880.3273.


Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness #TogetherToFightSuicide

  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  We also invite you to join our Virginia Peninsula Participant Facebook Group to stay up to date on information and updates.

  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide to your tweets!

Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide! 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 10/25/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!  

EXCLUSIVE FOR 2020:  Teams who raised $1,000 prior to our print deadline will have their team name appear on the back of our official event T-shirt!  Congratulations to VA Bear Crew and  Team JayJay.

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!