Univ. of Maryland Campus Walk

Join us on April 14, 2024

Sorry, registrations are currently closed.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Univ. of Maryland Campus Walk

Event Details

Walk Date: 04/14/2024
Walk Location: McKeldin Mall, College Park, MD
 **Update** Onsite Registration Time: 2:00 pm
Walk Program Starts: 3:00 pm

For more information, please contact:

Contact Name: Chris Connor & Ben Tinkler (Co-Chair) 
Contact Phone: 443-847-0982 & 443-669-3379
Contact Email: cconnor4@terpmail.umd.edu & bennett3@terpmail.umd.edu

Walk Route:

Our walk route will begin at McKeldin Mall and end at Fraternity Row.



The Out of the Darkness Campus Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature student fundraising series, designed to engage youth and young adults in the fight to prevent suicide, a leading cause of death.

If you're looking for support and/or resources, please visit www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.


Here Is How You Can Help

Become a Sponsor

Show your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Sponsor the Univ. of Maryland Campus Walk & become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death. 

Email Chris Connor & Ben Tinkler (Co-Chair) to explore all the sponsorship opportunities! 

Volunteer at the Walk

Our Walk could not be successful without our Event Committee and Day-of Walk Volunteers!

Want to join this amazing crew? Email Chris Connor & Ben Tinkler (Co-Chair) for more details! Thank you!


Fundraising 101

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide and Get Rewarded!

$100+ - Raise $100 by 04/14/2024 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!*

*Donations can be made to a team as a whole, but the t-shirt and other incentives are based only on individual fundraising.  

See all the cool AFSP merch you could receive based on your fundraising HERE.


Promote the Walk on Campus and in Your Community! 

Follow us on social: 


Use Your Social Media

Post on your socials! Share why you walk with your community! Use the hashtags:

#HopeWalksHere and #OutoftheDarkness

Create a Facebook Fundraiser through your account or it will not connect to your page! This is super easy in the app btw (wink wink) 

If you want to fundraise on Instagram, add the link to your fundraising page to your profile bio! Then post about the Walk and direct people to "donate in bio"

** Please note that Instagram fundraisers DO NOT integrate with your Walk fundraising page. If you would like to share on Instagram, add the link to your fundraising page to your bio or add it as a link in your Instagram story! **



Team Tools

Become a Team Captain

Team Central

Be sure to follow all of the steps after registering to get that fundraising going!

Need fundraising ideas? These recommendations will make it FUNdraise!


Commonly Asked Questions:

How do I register? Click here to view a step-by-step guide.

I am already registered but I want to create / join a team, how can I change my registration? Log into your 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). View this video tutorial for more help

Can I register at the Walk? Yes!  You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until June 30th.


Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $100 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!

If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $100. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $100


How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.

For additional questions, please email cconnor4@terpmail.umd.edu








Day-of Experience

On-Site Activities
  • AFSP Store for merchandise
  • Pick-up beads at the Honor Bead tent
  • Take photos with our props
  • And more!
Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.

What are your honor beads?

Hope & Healing

Share messages of hope and remembrance.


Register by clicking the button at the top of the page

There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates!

Click below to get started!



Thank you to our participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 988 or text TALK to 741-741