Out of the Darkness (Community and Overnight Walks)

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The Out of the Darkness Community and Overnight walks benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by raising awareness on suicide and depression, raising money for research and education to prevent suicide from taking place, and providing assistance and a safe outlet for survivors of suicide. There are more than 30,000 suicide deaths in the United States each year. Ninety percent of those who die by suicide could have benefited from mental assistance. Someone in the U.S. dies by suicide every 16 minutes.[1] Over $850K has been raised to date for the cause of suicide prevention and education by the AFSP through the Out of the Darkness program. The Community Walks are typically 5k (3.10 miles).

In addition to the Community Walks, there is also an Overnight Walk, usually in only two or three host cities each year. In 2008, the walks were held in Seattle and New York, starting at 8pm and beginning to close at 5am. The Overnight, as it is called, is 20 miles.[2]

There were 105 communities around the United States hosting Community Walks in 2007.

List of 2007 Community Walks:

Alabama Birmingham Heardmont Park 9/29/2007
California Los Angeles Santa Monica Third Street Promenade 10/7/2007
San Diego NTC Promenade in Liberty Station-Point Loma 9/15/2007
San Francisco Crissy Field 9/29/2007
Yreka Wal-Mart Parking Lot 9/8/2007
Colorado Denver Sloan's Lake Park 10/21/2007
Connecticut Fairfield/Westport Sherwood Island State Park 9/30/2007
West Hartford MDC Reservoir 10/14/2007
Delaware Dover Silver Lake 10/20/2007
District of Columbia Washington C & O Canal 9/22/2007
Florida Boca Raton Patch Reef Park 10/14/2007
Jacksonville Jacksonville Beach 10/27/2007
Miami Tropical Park 10/27/2007
Sarasota Siesta Key Beach 10/28/2007
Tampa Bay Area Clearwater Beach 11/17/2007
Georgia Atlanta Piedmont Park 10/28/2007
Warner Robins Cohen Walker Drive 10/14/2007
Winder/Barrow County Fort Yargo State Park 9/1/2007
Illinois Bloomington/Normal Colene Hoose School 10/20/2007
Chicago Busse Woods 9/29/2007
Indiana Benton County Fowler Town Park 9/16/2007
Indianapolis Indianapolis Downtown Canal 9/22/2007
Iowa Des Moines Gray's Lake 9/23/2007
Mason City Southbridge Mall 10/6/2007
Kentucky Argillite Greenbo State Park 10/20/2007
Louisville Seneca Park 11/3/2007
Louisiana Lafayette Downtown Lafayette 9/15/2007
Maine Bangor Hayford Park 9/30/2007
Houlton Historic Downtown Houlton 9/22/2007
Portland Baxter Boulevard Back Cove Trail 9/9/2007
Maryland Baltimore (SPEAK/AFSP) Baltimore & Annapolis Trail 10/13/2007
Brunswick C & O Canal National Historical Park 10/20/2007
Montgomery County (SPEAK/AFSP) Great Falls Carderock 10/6/2007
Massachusetts Boston/Brighton Artensani Park 10/13/2007
Springfield Jewish Community Center 10/7/2007
Michigan Ann Arbor Pioneer High School 9/16/2007
Grand Rapids Millennium Park 10/6/2007
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Fell Park 10/13/2007
Lansing Potters Park 9/15/2007
Metro Detroit/Macomb County Metro Beach Park 9/30/2007
Metro Detroit/Oakland County Metro Beach Park 9/30/2007
Metro Detroit/Oakland County Kensington Park 10/7/2007
Minnesota St. Paul Como Park 9/16/2007
Missouri Kansas City Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee, Kansas 9/30/2007
St. Louis Forest Park 11/4/2007
Montana Billings Veterans Park 10/7/2007
Kalispell Depot Park 9/29/2007
Nebraska Omaha Miller's Landing Park/Riverwalk Trail 9/16/2007
Nevada Las Vegas Lorenzi Park 11/10/2007
New Hampshire Hanover/Lebanon Dartmouth College 11/4/2007
Portsmouth Prescott Park 9/29/2007
New Jersey Atlantic County Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park 8/18/2007
Bridgewater Duke Island Park 7/29/2007
New Brunswick Buccleuch Park 10/14/2007
New York Buffalo South Park 9/30/2007
Capital Region (Walk for Rita) Saratoga Race Course 9/16/2007
Catskill Catskill Elks Club 10/7/2007
Fredonia SUNY Fredonia Campus 10/6/2007
Long Island Old Westbury Gardens 9/30/2007
Manhattan Hudson River Park 9/23/2007
Potsdam SUNY Potsdam Campus - Campus Union 11/3/2007
Rochester Genesee Valley Park 10/13/2007
Staten Island Clove Lake Park 10/14/2007
Syracuse Beaver Lake Nature Center 10/7/2007
Watertown General Brown High School 9/9/2007
Westchester County Croton Point Park 10/7/2007
North Carolina Carrboro Town Commons 11/4/2007
Charlotte Freedom Park 9/15/2007
Winston-Salem Tanglewood Park 9/22/2007
North Dakota Fargo Island Park Gazebo 9/30/2007
Ohio Cincinnati Ault Park 10/14/2007
Cleveland Metro Area Lake Metropark Farmpark in Kirtland 10/20/2007
Columbus Fred Beekman Park 9/9/2007
Greenville Greenville City Park 9/22/2007
Lima The Rotary Riverwalk 10/13/2007
Piqua Edison Community College 9/29/2007
Toledo University of Toledo - University Trail 9/29/2007
Wood County Downtown Bowling Green 10/7/2007
Oregon Portland World Trade Center Portland 10/20/2007
Pennsylvania Allentown Lehigh Parkway 10/14/2007
Brodheadsville/Poconos Chestnut Hill Township Park 8/25/2007
Harrisburg City Island & Riverfront Park 9/29/2007
Lancaster Millersville University Track 10/20/2007
Philadelphia Philadelphia Museum of Art 10/7/2007
Pittsburgh McCandless Pavilion-North Park 9/22/2007
Wilkes-Barre Kirby Park 9/16/2007
Rhode Island Providence Waterplace Park 9/30/2007
South Carolina Charleston Hampton Park, downtown Charleston 11/4/2007
Columbia Riverfront Park 10/21/2007
Tennessee Memphis Memphis Botanic Garden 10/20/2007
Texas Amarillo Medical Center Park 9/22/2007
Austin Capitol Grounds 9/23/2007
Brownsville Lincoln Park 10/13/2007
Dallas/Fort Worth Oak Point Park, Plano 10/13/2007
Flower Mound Parker Square 11/3/2007
Houston Stude Park / White Oak Hike & Bike Trail 11/3/2007
Wichita Falls Lucy Park 10/13/2007
Utah Provo Provo Canyon's Parkway Trail 10/6/2007
Vermont Brattleboro Brattleboro Masonic Center 10/13/2007
Burlington Battery Park 10/6/2007
Virginia Fairfax Station Burke Lake 10/13/2007
Reston Reston Town Center 10/7/2007
Virginia Beach Mount Trashmore Park 10/6/2007
Winchester Winchester Moose Lodge 9/29/2007
Washington Seattle Seattle Waterfront 10/27/2007
Wisconsin Burlington MGA Research Corp. 11/3/2007
Fond du Lac Marian College 10/19/2007
Madison Vilas Park 9/30/2007


  1. ^ AFSP: Community Walks Home. Retrieved September 18, 2007.
  2. ^ AFSP: Overnight Home. Retrieved September 19, 2007.