The Out of the Darkness Walks are the signature events of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. To learn more about AFSP's mission, research and programs visit www.afsp.org.
By walking in the Out of the Darkness Walks to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), you will be walking with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, advocate for mental health issues, and assist survivors of suicide loss.
Alaska’s high rate of suicide affects every community in the state — a toll remembered in Downtown Anchorage Saturday morning, when hundreds of people gathered at the Delaney Park Strip for a suicide prevention walk.
"The idea is to literally bring the issue out of the darkness and to build community around it — and to try and show it’s actually strong to get help," said co-founder Kelley Brown, adding that the leading cause of suicide is undiagnosed depression.