Bangor Experience

Join us on October 4, 2020

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Welcome to the Bangor
Out of the Darkness Experience

While the Out of the Darkness Walks in Maine 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.

Bangor Together to Fight Suicide

WHEN: Sunday, October 4, 2020
TIME: To be Announced
WHERE: Waterfront Park - Bangor, ME

*In an effort to ensure participant safety and to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, we are unable to host a traditional event with hundreds of walkers in attendance. Participants will be assigned a 20 to 30 minute block of time to visit the walk site to access resources, collect honor beads and turn in any donations that have been collected offline. This will also be an opportunity for participants raising $150 or more to pick up your 2020 Commemorative T-shirt. Although we cannot "walk" together, we encourage everyone to walk, run, jog, hike or any experience of your choice at a time and location that is convenient for you.

Out of the Darkness EXPERIENCE
WHEN: Saturday, October 24
WHERE: Online
*All registered participants will receive a link to the Virtual Closing and Honor Bead Ceremonies prior to October 24

For more information, please contact:
Name: Shamera Simpson
Phone: 603-318-8302 

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


Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines as we map out our options for bringing you an experience of hope and healing this fall.

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. 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. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and in-person this fall. Please contact the AFSP Maine Chapter at for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.


YES! The Bangor 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 (within social distancing guidelines)! The walking is real—it's the community that's virtual this year.

More great reasons to register:

  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
  • Registered walkers who raise $150 will earn a limited, one-time only 2020 Together to Fight Suicide T-shirt. 
  • Access to our Out of the Darkness Chapter E-Vent taking place on October 24.
  • Invitations to attend our virtual community events.


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

We will continue to provide additional information about our in-person opportunity and hope you will register and join us this Fall. One thing we do know is that HOPE WILL NOT BE CANCELLED and cannot be POSTPONED! If you have any questions, please reach out to New Hampshire Area Director Shamera Simpson at

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.

Get Registered

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).

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. 

  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


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 10/04/2020 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional donations the day of the Walk.

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


Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Bangor Experience!