Western Slope Experience

Join us on September 12, 2020


Event Details

Event Start Date: 09/12/2020
Event Location: Rifle, CO
Event End Date: 09/30/2020
Event Start Time: 10:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Mason Hohstadt 
Contact Phone: 720-988-5247 
Contact Email: spcgarco@gmail.com

Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.  Contactless donations are encouraged - donate online today!

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Western Slope Experience


While the Western Slope Out of the Darkness Walk is 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 this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience. We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you, and we will share more details about our exciting plans in the coming weeks. 

Out of the Darkness KICK OFF Weekend - Join Us!

When: Saturday, September 12th

Time: 10:00 am MST

What: We'll HEAR from and SEE AFSP supporters from around Colorado (outside of the Denver Metro Area) - share why suicide prevention and awareness are important to all of us.

How: Join the Opening Program HERE at 10 am MST on Saturday, Sept. 12th.

Participate: We want to HEAR and SEE you - have the opportunity to be a part of the KICK OFF Weekend by:

Sharing your selfies and video snippets with us by 8.31.2020!

Show us why you are a part of Together to Fight Suicide.  Options:


  • your favorite image of your loved one lost to suicide
  • an image of you holding a picture of who you lost
  • you displaying a message of Hope and Healing OR an AFSP Mental Health Coloring Book page

TELL US in a short video snippet (30 seconds or less) about one or more of these questions:

  • Who You are Fighting For
  • What AFSP Means to You
  • When You Find AFSP
  • Where You Live in CO - Supporting the Cause
  • Why You Fight Suicide
  • How Long You've Been Fighting for the Cause
  • How Much You Plan to Raise to Fight Suicide
  • Upload your images and short videos HERE

(The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reserves the right to use the images and content shared for AFSP awareness and promotional purposes).

Register Now and Join Us!


Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to participate), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Colorado and nationally.  

There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

  • Personalize your participant page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you're a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page!
  • Donate to yourself, even just a modest sum of $20, to show others you are committed to the cause. It's easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
  • Share your page and story with others. It's OK to ask for donations! And you may have to ask several times – that’s OK too!


If you are a business that would like to support your community by helping save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide, please consider sponsoring the Western Slope Experience. We know that many businesses are struggling because of the pandemic, so we are grateful for any support for this year’s Colorado events. Please make sure to also check out our toolkit for workplaces on how to enhance mental health during uncertain times. Know that we have resources to support you and your staff and that we would be more than happy to schedule a virtual mental health and suicide prevention workshop with your team. To schedule a training, contact us at afspcoedu@gmail.com.

If you are an employee, let your employer know that you will be participating in the Western Slope Experience and encourage them to form a corporate team. Share the sponsorship packet with them and let them know that we are offering free suicide prevention trainings for workplaces. To schedule a training, contact us at afspcoedu@gmail.com.

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. View this event page on Facebook.

  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 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 09/30/2020 and we will order an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt for you! (Details about October pick-up dates coming soon).


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 www.afsp.org/resources.


Thank you for your support! 

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide