Paducah Experience

Join us on September 12, 2020


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Paducah Experience

While the Paducah 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.

We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to sign up and join us here!

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Date:  09/12/2020 - 09/20/2020
Location: KY Oaks Mall 

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kelly Fronabarger 
Contact Phone: 270-619-6002 
Contact Email:


The Paducah Experience will be a combination of online and in-person activities. There will be a self-guided route through the Kentucky Oaks Mall available to walk from September 12th -20th. There will be a pop-up resource center in the vacant store by the children's play place. Hours for the pop-up center are listed below, where you will be able to pick up resources, beads, and t-shirts. You can walk the route at any time that the mall is open. The opening ceremony, bead ceremony, and more will be online through our social media and Youtube channels. More details coming soon, so register to stay updated!

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

Pop-up Resource Hours

Saturday, September 12th 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, September 13th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday, September 14th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, September 15th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, September 16th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 17th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, September 18th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, September 19th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 20 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Get Registered

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.  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?

  • By registering for the Out of the Darkness Paducah 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 activities/events in the upcoming weeks, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes.

  • Individuals who raise $150 or more, will receive the 2020 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!

The Western Kentucky Experience

The Paducah & Hopkinsville Out of the Darkness Walks are joining forces to bring you the Western Kentucky Out of the Darkness Experience! We will kick off on September 12th and have many ways to participate online and in-person throughout the week. Whether you walk one of our self-guided routes or walk in your own neighborhood, let us know by sharing photos and videos using #KYOOTD and @KentuckyAFSP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t have social media? See the digital quilt section under "Activities of Hope and Healing" below for how to share photos and stories with other walkers throughout Kentucky!

Participate in any of the activities below on social media or on our digital quilt!

Saturday, September 12th Self-guided route kick-off in Paducah – opening ceremony and live videos posted
Sunday, September 13th Self Care Sunday – share your favorite activities for self-care
Monday, September 14th Motivation Monday – we’ll be highlighting our top teams and fundraisers – share what motivates you!
Tuesday, September 15th Tranquil Tuesday – share how you create time and space for tranquility
Wednesday, September 16th Why I Walk Wednesday – share why you walk with a link to your registration page
Thursday, September 17th Talk Saves Thursday – join us for a Talk Saves Lives presentation to learn how to help fight suicide
Friday, September 18th Fundraising Friday – push to reach your fundraising goal today!
Saturday, September 19th Seize the Awkward Saturday – learn more about having a meaningful conversation about mental health
Sunday, September 20 Final day for Paducah route, Honor Bead ceremony, Hopkinsville Route open today, closing remarks

How You Can Help

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use #KYOOTD and tag @KentuckyAFSP in your posts! Download and share the Paducah Experience Flyer or share the graphics on social media below. 

  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 #KYOOTD! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.

Join our #WhyIWalkWednesday posts by sharing your story here.

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story!


Fundraise for a T-Shirt

Although it's free to register and participate, we encourage all of our participants to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and to receive the official walk t-shirt! Raise $150 by 09/12/2020 and receive the 2020 Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Become a Sponsor

Are you looking for a way to show your community and employees that you're committed to their mental health and well-being? Sponsor the Paducah Experience! Email for more information. Download the Paducah sponsorship packet

Activities of Hope and Healing

Digital Quilt

Available to all Kentucky Walkers here. Post why you walk, how you're participating in the experience, share your fundraising successes, and participate in the social media activities all on our digital quilt! This is a great way to connect with the AFSP community across Kentucky!

Made with Padlet

Honor Beads

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. Our Honor Bead Ceremony will be held online this year. We will also be announcing hours when you can pick up resources, beads, and t-shirts at our pop-up resource store closer to the event!


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!