The Walk

What is Out of the Shadows Walk?

Out of the Shadows Walk is a 9km walk on World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) for the 9 Australians who die every day by suicide. You can walk anywhere across Australia, any time of the day, and share your walk with friends and family to raise money for suicide prevention services.

Where is the walk taking place?

Out of the Shadows is a virtual walk which means you can take part any time, anywhere across Australia on World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10). You may choose to walk around your local neighbourhood, or find a nice walking track close by to complete your 9km or whatever distance target you set. Walk by yourself or join a team with your friends and family!

Is the walk just for people who have lost a loved one to suicide?

No, you don't need a personal connection to take part. The walk is to remember those Australians lost to suicide and help others come out of the shadows and into the light. You can dedicate your walk to remember a loved one, or you can simply walk to give hope to others in need and ensure that noone has to face their darkest moments alone.

Can I walk more or less than 9km?

Yes, you can choose to set your own distance target when you sign up.  You may wish to choose the age of someone you are remembering, or just choose a more challenging or easier walking distance.

How much does it cost to sign up?

Nothing! Out of the Shadows Walk is free to take part so register now, you've got nothing to lose!

Can I walk for my local Lifeline Centre?

Yes, you sure can! When you sign up you have the option to choose a Lifeline Centre. You can participate in one of their local walks, or simply walk the 9km anywhere on behalf of the centre. Search for your local Lifeline Centre using the 'Find' function on this website and you will find more information about walks in your area.

How do I create or join a team?

Create your own team during sign up, or search for an existing team. You’ll be prompted to select one of these options during your registration. Of course if you’d rather take part by yourself, that’s fine too! 

How do I join a team if I signed up as an individual?

That's easy! Just search for the team you would like to join and if they are allowing people to join their team, you will see an option on their page to 'join us'. Follow the steps to join their team. 

How many people can I have in my team?

There is no limit so you can have as many as you like! Walk with a few dear friends or family, or form a big group! Simply create a new team or join an existing one and invite others to take part.

How do I sign up for the walk?

Just click here to register for Out of the Shadows Walk.


How do I get a fundraising page?

Your fundraising page is created once you sign up! It's super easy.

How do I choose a fundraising goal?

Set a goal that's realistic for you, but ambitious. You will be amazed at how many people will be happy to support you once you start spreading the word!

How does the money I raise help?

Funds raised will help Lifeline provide suicide prevention services that save lives. You can learn more about how Lifeline will use your funds raised here.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian tax payers.

How do I ask my friends and family to sponsor me?

Click here to get some basic tips and tricks to get started with your fundraising. 

What happens if I can't reach my fundraising goal?

Don't worry, we are here to help you every step of the way and appreciate every dollar you raise. Click here for some tips and ideas to get started with your fundraising, or here to see the resources we've created to help you spread the word to your network.