Fairbanks Experience

Join us on May 22, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Fairbanks Experience

While the Fairbanks 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 spring for an Out of the Darkness Community Walk. We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you.

This year we will be hosting our first-ever hybrid community walk on Saturday, May 22, at Lathrop High School on the Track located at 901 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701. Join us for an in-person walk and virtual program. Show your support and connection to this important cause by walking the track and visit our sponsors and resource booths along the way.

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

Fairbanks Experience Rescheduled for May 22, 2021

Learn More at afsp.org/alaska

Event Details

Date: 05/22/2021
Location: Lathrop HS - Track, 901 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701 
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Dustin Morris 
Contact Phone: 907-201-9273 
Contact Email: dmorris@afsp.org

Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until June 30th.


Acknowledgment Statements

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Alaska Chapter would like to acknowledge Fairbanks as homelands of the Dena people of the lower Tanana River and recognize the more than 230 Alaska Native tribes indigenous to the unceded lands we now reside on.

We recognize the unjust actions and historical traumas that have occurred throughout generations. We honor the relationship between Alaska's first people, who are the original and rightful stewards of their traditional homelands.

We desire to work toward a collaborative effort to accomplish our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide, with honor and respect for the traditions, culture, and sovereignty of Alaska Native people across this great state.

We offer our gratitude and say thank you.

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?

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, if possible. We welcome your ideas for gathering online and/or in-person this fall. Please contact your local chapter for more information. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting in new ways, and we invite you to join us on this journey.

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 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 05/22/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!


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.

COVID-19 Community Mitigation Measures

Event Mitigation

To Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19, participants will be asked to wear a disposable facemask covering their mouth and nose. If participants do not have a disposable or reusable facemask, one will be provided for them by the event host (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Alaska Chapter)

Vendor and resource tables will be spread out along the course at more than ten feet apart, and no more than two attendants will be permitted to host each table. All vendors and table attendants must wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose while attending the event and hosting the said table.

Hand sanitizers will be placed at every vendor and resource table with clear signage instructing participants to keep a safe distance of six feet or more, wear a facemask, and sanitize hands frequently while attending the event.

The following participants should stay home and participate virtually.

  • Individuals at increased risk for severe illness including the following should consider participating virtually:
  • Anyone who may be exhibiting symptoms of sickness including:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache
    • The recent loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with anyone testing positive within the past 14 days. (Close contact is being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over 24 hours with a person; or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 with or without wearing a mask (i.e., being coughed or sneezed on).
  • Anyone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the past ten days, or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?
  • Individuals at increased risk for severe illness including the following should consider participating virtually:
    • Older adults (65+ years)
    • People of any age with underlying severe medical conditions (e.g., chronic lung disease, immunocompromising disorders, diabetes)

Please visit the Center for Disease Control for more information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Thank you for your support!