Florida Panhandle Experience

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Welcome to the Florida Panhandle Out of the Darkness Experience

While the Out of the Darkness Walks in Florida are going to look different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, November 14th for the online (new) Florida Panhandle Out of the Darkness Experience.  We know you are passionate about the cause, so this year, as a Chapter, we will all be walking together as a community.  We will have an online ceremony for the Chapter on Saturday, November 14th.  Please make sure you check this page for the latest information and stay connected with us on our social media accounts for updates. (www.facebook.com/afspfloridapanhandle and www.instagram.com/afspfloridapanhandle)   We want to keep you informed with the most current information so be sure to register and join us here!

Thank you for your passion and dedication to our mission:  to be a relentless force for mental health and suicide prevention throughout the year, and especially during this transition time.  Join your fellow supporters as we come together in support to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Register Now and show the world that we are always #TogetherToFightSuicide.
WHEN: Saturday, November 14th-Online

TIME: 9:00 am - 10:00 am CST

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Jenny Lawless or Sarah Clark (561-392-7877, sclark@afsp.org) 
Contact Phone: 918-261-3161 
Contact Email: jennyloulawless@gmail.com

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.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Florida Panhandle Experience

Wait...Are We Still Walking to Fight Suicide?

The ceremony for the walk will be online this year and will be streaming live at 9 am EST on Saturday, November 14th.  We are still encouraging everyone to connect in our community, just in a different way.  You can walk by yourself, or with your team, make your loved ones favorite meal, workout, do a relaxing activity, have a Zoom party with your team, or any other healing and connecting experience.


  1. 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.
  2. We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  3. While our 2020 events may look a little different than what we’ve come to expect, our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide has not changed. 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.
Why Register?
  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!

  • If you don’t have a team, join our I AM NOT ALONE TEAM.  This is a chance to join a group of individual participants and form connections with one another.  You will have the choice to share your contact information (or not) and get to know one another.  Who knows…maybe you can meet up and walk together!

  • Registered walkers will be emailed updates and invites to e-vents in the upcoming months, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes!

  • Individuals who raise $150 or more, will be shipped our exclusive 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!


No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official event shirt!  Anyone who raises $150 or more by September 30th, will receive their shirt by event day, November 14th.  If you raise $150+ after September 30th, you will still receive our official event shirt, but it cannot be guaranteed by Nov. 14th.

Paws for Prevention

We all know how much our pets can help our mental health and our lives.  That's why we have our Paws for Prevention campaign.  Donate $20 and you will receive a doggie bandanna of your choice and a Paws for Prevention sticker!  Click here to get your Paws for Prevention goodies!

Become a Sponsor

Click here to download the 2020 Florida Panhandle Chapter Sponsorship Package

  • Sponsorship Levels start at just $250 and give any size business the opportunity to promote and advertise your business. 
  • For just $500, your company can have your logo on the backs of all participant t-shirts!

**The deadline for your logo to be on the shirts is Wednesday, September 30th**

For 33 years, AFSP as led the fight against suicide.  It is the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States.  By partnering with us as a sponsor, you will allow the Florida Panhandle Chapter to fund life-saving research, create and implement educational programs, advocate for public policy on both the local and federal level, and support survivors of suicide loss.  By working together to improve the health and well-being of Floridians, we are connecting people to resources and programs, as well as removing barriers that stand in the way of people finding hope and healing.

For questions, please contact Sarah Clark at sclark@afsp.org or 561-392-7877.

Help Spread the Word!

We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPFLPANHANDLE and #OUTOFTHEDARKNESS.  Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! 

  Follow us on Facebook for updated information! Post to your Facebook page and add the Florida Panhandle Out of the Darkness Experience link (www.afsp.org/emeraldcoast), or 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#TogetherToFightSuicide #AFSPFLPANHANDLE


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 September 30th and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt by e-vent day (Saturday, November 14th)! T-shirts will be mailed to participants.  If you raise $150 or more after September 30th, you will be mailed a t-shirt, however, it cannot be guaranteed to be there by e-vent day.

Donations can either be done online via the website at www.afsp.org/emeraldcoast or you can safely mail them to:  AFSP, P.O. Box 916294, Longwood, FL  32791

*Please make sure you include a note that has your name and walk location so it be credited to your account.

You can also download the Offline Donation Form and mail your payment to AFSP, Att: OOTD Walks, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10038.

  • Walk teams that raise $1000 or more online by September 30th will have their team name printed on the backs of the t-shirts.

  • Walk teams that raise $1,000 or more online by Friday, October 16th will have a handheld TEAM NAME SIGN printed and mailed to them!

  • The overall Top 3 Teams as of Friday, November 13th at NOON will be featured in our Opening Ceremony (Saturday, November 14th from 10 am – 11 am).


When you register online, you will have access to AFSP’s Walker Central.  Walker Central is your hub for making the most out of your Out of the Darkness Experience.  You will find:

  • News and Updates

  • How to create a Facebook fundraiser that links directly to your account

  • Why I Walk Flyer

  • Custom Social Share Graphics

  • Achievement Badges

  • Fundraising Tips and Tools

  • Team Captain Resources and Team Captain Toolkit

  • And much more!

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 Florida Panhandle Experience!