Jacksonville Experience

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Welcome to the Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville 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 on the same day as a community.  We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you.  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/afspnorthflorida and www.instagram.com/afspnorthflorida)   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.

Out of the Darkness DAY E-vent Details

WHEN: Saturday, November 14th
TIME: 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
Stay tuned for more details!

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Sarah Clark 
Contact Phone: 561-392-7877 
Contact Email: [email protected]

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

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Jacksonville Experience


YES! The Jacksonville Out of the Darkness Experience is a real walk, but on your terms: you get to choose your own course, what time you start, and who walks next to you! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year.

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. We have been closely following the CDC and state and local guidelines.  The safety of our walkers, volunteers and staff has been and will continue to be our top priority. 

Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:

  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.

We realize that nothing can substitute the experience of coming together in person, and we will continue to seek ways in which we can do that safely this fall and beyond. We look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.


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).


Click here to download the 2020 Jacksonville 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 North Florida 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 North Florida 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.


We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPNORTHFLORIDA and #OUTOFTHEDARKNESS.

 Follow us on Facebook for the updated information!  Post to your Facebook page and add the Jacksonville Out of the Darkness Experience link ( www.afsp.org/jax), 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 #TogetherToFightSuicide 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 September 30th and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt by e-event day on Saturday, November 14th! T-shirts will be mailed to participants.  If you raise $150 or more after September 30th, you will still be mailed a t-shirt, but it will arrive after the e-vent day on November 14th.

Donations can either be done online via the website at www.afsp.org/jax 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.




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:

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 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 Jacksonville Experience!