Walker Blogs

Feel free to take a look at our blog archives with blogs written by current and former Overnight Walkers. Find our latest blogs here

2017 Blogs  

The Grandfather Clock

Kelly has participated in two Overnight Walks. She volunteers for AFSP's Survivor Outreach Program.

When Healing from Grief is Stalled

Jill has walked in six Overnight Walks since her first in 2013. She is the Vice President of Research at AFSP.

Turning Young Loss into Awareness: Remembering Owen

Jane has walked in two Overnight Walks and frequently participates in Community Walks. Jane is the youngest Overnight North Start to date. She walks in honor of her best friend, Owen.

Helping a Friend via Text: Tips from Crisis Text Line

Jared Walks in the 2016 New York City Overnight Walk. He works for the Crisis Text Line.

47 T-Shirts: An AFSP SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW with Elizabeth Colavecchio

Elizabeth has walked in four Overnight Walks and many other Out of the Darkness Walks. She was formerly the Public Policy Coordinator in AFSP's Washington, D.C. Offices.

We Don't Talk About Grandma

Shannon was a Crew Member for the 2016 Overnight Walk and has volunteered at many others. She is the Manager of Loss and Healing Programs at AFSP.

Minority Mental Health Month: #NoShame Day and The Siwe Project

Dionne is the Chapter Board Chair for AFSP NYC. Her first Overnight was in 2013.

Overnight Walk to Fight Suicide in Washington, D.C. - RECAP

The second Overnight in 2017 was in Washington, D.C. (June 17-18).

I Walk Because My Mother's Voice Lives On

Kasi has walked in three Overnight Walks. She walks in honor of her mother, Mary Ann.

A Letter to My Dad on Father's Day

Brooke has participated in two Overnight Walks. She is the Loss and Healing Chair for the Viriginia State Chapter Board of AFSP. 

Overnight San Diego 2017 Recap

The first Overnight in 2017 was in San Diego (May 20-21).

Walking Across our Campuses for Suicide Prevention

Maria's first Overnight was the 2013 Washington, D.C. Overnight. She has participated in five Overnight Walks. 

I Walk Because We Are Stronger Together

Melissa has participated in the Overnight Walks since 2007 as both a Walker and Crew Member.

What's Your Crab? Lessons on Planning a Successful Fundraising Event

Kat is the AFSP Area Director for Maryland and Delaware. She participated as a Crew Member in the 2017 Washington, D.C. Overnight Walk.

I Walk for Rob

Katy has awlked in two Overnights. She walks for her son, Rob.

She is Music: Losing a Daughter to Suicide

Jen has walked in the Overnight since 2015 Boston. She walks with AFSP Capital Reigion New York in honor of her daughter, Ayden.

I Walk for David

The 2013 Washington, D.C. Overnight Walk was Karen's first Overnight. She has walked in Out of the Darkness Walks since 2010 after the loss of her son, David.

I Walk to Reach the Mountain

Meredith first started walking in the Overnight in 2014. She is currently the Manager for Campus and Community Walks at AFSP. 

We Walk for Each Other

Connie has walked in seven Overnight walks. She walks for her brother, Terry.

I Walk for Neal

Michelle's first Overnight Walk was the 2015 Boston Walk. She has since completed four walks and walks in honor of her friend, Neal.

I Walk for Gia Allemand

Donna has walked in four Overnight Walks in honor of her daughter, Gia.

One Starfish at a Time

Jason has participated in two Overnight Walks with AFSP Tampa Bay. 

Fighting Suicide in the Land of the Midnight Sun

James has participated in two Overnight Walks. He was instrumental in starting the AFSP Alaska Chapter and helps organize Survivor Day programs throughout the state.

30 Years Strong: Becoming the Storm

Lisa is the Senior Division Director of the East Central Division for AFSP. She helped created the AFSP Indiana Chapter team for four Overnight Walks.

Nancy Farrell: An AFSP Profile Interview

Nancy was the chair of the Board of Directors for AFSP. She has walked in five Overnight Walks.

Pat Gainey: An AFSP Profile Interview

Pat was AFSP's Pennsylvania Regional Director, she has walked in two Overnight Walks.

Walk With Us

Gordon and Karen have walked in one Overnight Walk every year since the first Overnight in 2002. They walk in honor of their son, Corey.

2016 Blogs  

The Road is Easier When You Have Companions

Beverly has walked in both the 2018 and 2015 Dallas Overnight Walks. She walks in honor of her son.

I'm Still Here

K.D. "Mo" has walked or crewed in six Overnight Walks. He walks in honor of his twin brother, Kent.

The Girl in the Gorilla Costume

Shelby was formerly the Manager of Education and Prevention Programs for AFSP. Her first walk was the 2016 New York City Overnight Walk.

Sharing my Personal Experience with Suicide at the White House

Jessica's first Overnight was in 2015. She has walked in three Overnights with AFSP North Texas.

A Year of Firsts

Ruth has been a Crew Member and Team Captain of AFSP Greater Los Angeles in two Overnight Walks.

Organizer Spotlight: Karen Heisig, Rochester, NY

Karen has walked in six Overnight Walks since 2010.

Organizer Spotlight: James Biela, Toksook Bay, Alaska

James has participated in two Overnight Walks. He was instrumental in starting the AFSP Alaska Chapter and helps organize Survivor Day programs throughout the state.

My Three Words

Karen has walked in six Overnight Walks since 2010.

Understanding 'The Why'

Shantell walked in honor of her father in the 2017 Washington, D.C. Overnight Walk.

In Pursuit of More Birthdays

Hannah began her Overnight journey in 2007 to honor her friend, Malaya. She is currently a Chapter Board Chair for the NYC Chapter.

The Three Keys to Managing my PTSD

Shelby was formerly the Manager of Education and Prevention Programs for AFSP. Her first walk was the 2016 New York City Overnight Walk.

From Me to You

Rebecca was a former Overnight Walker Coach. She has participated in five Overnight Walks.

#NoShameDay 2016

Dionne is the Chapter Board Chair for AFSP NYC. Her first Overnight was in 2013.

A Brother's Suicide, and a Grandfather's Tradition

Michael walked in the 2017 San Diego Overnight. He walks in honor of his brother, Anthony.

Why Doesn't Someone Do Something About This?

Michelle's first Overnight Walk was the 2014 Philadelphia Overnight. She walks in honor of her brother, Jamie. She is also active in her local chapter, AFSP West Virginia.

More than 2000 Walk all Night Through NYC

The second 2016 Overnight Walk was in New York City (June 4-5).

Creating a World Without Suicide One Step at a Time

Taryn started walking in 2012. She is now AFSP's Area Director for Utah and Nevada. Taryn continues to walk in one Overnight every year. 

Over A Thousand People Walk All Night Through San Francisco

The first 2016 Overnight Walk was in San Francisco (May 21-22).

Man Saves Stranger from Suicide on Golden Gate Bridge, The Two are Reuinited 11 Years Later

Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia were part of our Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 San Francisco Overnight Walk.

I Will Always be Here Niña 

Clarena participated as a Crew Member in the 2015 Dallas Overnight Walk.

Wherever You Go, You Take Me With You!

Carmen has participated in two Overnights, 2014 Seattle and 2016 San Francisco. She walks for her daughter, Maddie.

Finding Purpose in the Overnight Walk

RoseMary's first walk was in New York in 2007 after losing her son, Tommy. Her team has raised over $300,000 to fight suicide.

Creating a Life Worth Living and Falling In Love with It

Anjoli walked in the 2016 New York City Overnight for her personal struggles with mental health conditions.

Telling My Story for the First Time at the Overnight Walk

Jake has participated in four Overnights since his first in 2015. He shared his lived experience as our Closing speaker during his first Overnight in Dallas.

 

2015 Blogs  

Nearly 2000 Walk to Fight Suicide in Boston

The second 2015 Overnight walk was in Boston (June 27-28). 

Fathers' Day 2015: Remembering Michael

Rebecca was a former Overnight Walker Coach. She has participated in five Overnight Walks.

Mothers' Day 2015: Remembering Matthew

Mary Anne has walked in every Overnight since the first Overnight in 2002. She has walked since the loss of her son, Matthew. 

Mothers' Day 2015: Remembering Siwe

Dionne is the Chapter Board Chair for AFSP NYC. Her first Overnight was in 2013.

Over a Thousand People Walk Through the Streets of Dallas in the First 2015 Overnight Walk

The first 2015 Overnight Walk was in Dallas (April 25-26).

2014 Blogs  

Minority Mental Health Month: Why We NEED to be Part of this Movement

Bree is a fromer Walks Administrative Assistant. She was a Crew Member for the 2014 Philadelphia Overnight Walk.

Minority Mental Health Month: #NoShameDay and The Siwe Project

Dionne is the Chapter Board Chair for AFSP NYC. Her first Overnight was in 2013.

2014 Overnight Walks, Success from Coast to Coast

The 2014 Overnight Walks were in Seattle (June 14-15) and Philadelphia (June 28-29).

My Son Jeff

Dennis has completed 16 Overnight Walks. His first was in 2006.