About the Walk

The Out of the Darkness Overnight is a fundraising walk like no other. It's a 16-18 mile journey through the night, from dusk until dawn where a courageous community of men and women like you will break the silence and bring the issues of depression and suicide into the light.

Why We Walk

Every 14 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies by suicide. These statistics are staggering and yet remain hidden and not discussed. We walk to bring the issues of suicide, depression, and mental disorders into the spotlight and to fund the work of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - work that will truly save lives.

Get Involved

Get involved by becoming a Walker, Crew member or Volunteer. You'll sense it in the air and see it in the faces all around you. It's a tide of hope that will not be turned. A well of generosity that will never run dry. This is what all-out commitment feels like. This is the road to a future where no one has to suffer in silence.


You’ll be completely supported from start to finish beginning with our inspirational coaches that will assist you with valuable training and fundraising advice. During the event you’ll be supported by our dedicated staff and Crew that will be there from the moment you begin walking until the very last step.

Register Today

The more of us that take part in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk, the louder our voice will be and the greater our impact will be on the nation. Please visit www.theovernight.org to begin your journey.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Your Overnight Fundraising Resources

 Start your Fundraising Journey Today

Each walker who registers for the Overnight agrees to raise at least $1,000 (or $700 for students and past/present military members) and we are here to help every step of the way so you will not only meet, but far exceed your fundraising goals, and it's easier than you think. Here are just a few of the ways we'll help support you in your fundraising campaign:

#1 Your Walker Coach: We are your resident fundraising experts, here to help you whenever you need some advice or inspiration and we’re always just a call or email away, so if you ever get stuck, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Join us for our Coast-to-Coast Kick Off on Saturday, March 29th

Join us in Philadelphia, PA and Seattle, WA on Saturday, March 29th as we kick off our 2014 Overnight Season

For the first time since 2008, we will be holding two Overnight Walks - one on each coast. To recognize this important step forward, we want to come together on March 29th to kick off the season, from coast to coast. RSVP for one of our Kick Off Events on Saturday, March 29th and learn all you'll need to know about this year's Overnight Walks in Philadelphia and Seattle.

Why should you attend our Kick Off Events? Here are just a few of the benefits to RSVP'ing today:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Importance of Training

Training for the Overnight is part of the full Overnight Experience

Whether you’re a novice or regularly take part in endurance events, you can complete the Out of the Darkness Overnight route by creating a plan and sticking to it. Taking on 16-18 miles in one night is no easy feat, which is why we want to ensure you feel as prepared as possible before you arrive at the Overnight this June.  Take your first steps towards a successful Overnight season by putting in the time now to ensure you get to experience the Overnight journey to its fullest.  By the time you complete your training, you will not only feel more prepared for your walk, but you’ll be able to truly take in the importance of this entire evening.

To simplify your training process, we’ve created a few options for you to get on track. Here are a few ways we will help you meet your Overnight training goals*:

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Overnight Experience

Imagine thousands of people walking from dusk to dawn –
All united in a mission to prevent suicide

Whether it's your first time participating or you've walked with us every year, the Out of the Darkness Overnight is an experience unlike any other. It’s a night to remember and honor those we have lost and to bring the issues of suicide and mental illness out of the darkness and into the light. The Overnight is also an opportunity to meet and connect with a community of survivors—a community that is not only supportive, but allows for a very healing and powerful experience and an opportunity to share one another's stories. For many this is the first time they will be joining with this like minded community. 

In this post, Overnight alumna Hannah Moch shares why she first started participating in the Overnight. Recently, Hannah has turned her long time involvement with the Overnight into an internship with AFSP, and since sharing her story with us has become a member of our dedicated staff.

© Kerry Payne

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The 2014 Overnight Walks are Here!

  Walk with us in Seattle, WA on June 14-15 and Philadelphia, PA on June 28-29. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join the movement to prevent suicide.

We are pleased to announce that The Overnight will be going cross-country this year! Please join us as we walk in Seattle, WA on June 14-15 and Philadelphia, PA on June 28-29 and help us bring the issues of suicide and mental illness out of the darkness and into the light.

Register today to take the first steps towards ending the stigma surrounding suicide and mental disorders. Click the buttons below to get registered for your 2014 Overnight: