Arcata Virtual Walk

Join us on September 12, 2021


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Arcata Virtual Walk


Event Details

Date: 09/12/2021
Location: Virtual 
Event Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Contact Name: Heather Freitas
Contact Phone: 707-361-7167 
Contact Email:


Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.


For the safety of our participants, volunteers, staff and the community, the Greater SF Bay Area chapter Board of Directors has made the decision to host the Arcata Out of the Darkness Community Walk virtually.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are particularly important events for the AFSP Greater SF Bay Area Chapter. The Walks are our largest annual fundraisers and provide significant financial support to keep our programs and services free of charge to help individuals and families affected by suicide. COVID-19 has not stopped the mental health needs of our community and we continue to provide free programs every day through Zoom and Facebook Live.

The past year has taught us that “community” is not about being in-person, but about creating a space where people feel a sense of belonging. We are hopeful that everyone who planned to attend our walks in-person will join us virtually in full force. A big thank you to everyone who has already started their team, registered and made donations. We are grateful for your support.

Activities of Hope and Healing

Day Of: Participants are welcome to bring a picture or pre-written message of hope to add to our Honor Board displayed during the event. Pictures and messages are not returned. Please be sure to bring a picture or message you are comfortable parting with.

Ongoing and Post Event: We were so moved by the submissions of hope, of memory, of tenacity and of love that we have decided to make the Hope Bead and Remembrance video a tradition. We invite you to submit photos of your loved ones lost to suicide, photos of you and your team in remembrance or celebration of life activities. 

To submit one or more photos use this form: Out of the Darkness Honor Bead and Remembrance Photos

Please click here to watch the Greater Bay Area Honor Bead and Remembrance video.

The Greater Bay Area Honor Bead and Remembrance video will be shared at the conclusion of all the Greater Bay Area Walks.

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide

Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets! Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness!

Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the  participant hub.

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story.


Raise $150 by 09/12/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! For participants that raise $150 or more, t-shirts will be directly mailed to the address on file. Allow 4-6 weeks after the event to receive the shirt

Honor Beads

The Out of the Darkness Experience is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about. Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through.


Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection. There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above. Learn more by watching our national honor bead video.




We encourage our corporate partners to join us in celebration - our community is strongest when we act together. Please see the Out of the Darkness Arcata Virtual Walk Sponsorship Document for a review of benefits that can be provided and at what level of support:


Out of the Darkness Arcata Virtual Walk Sponsorship Document

Safety Precautions

Covid is here, and we know it. We are keeping a close watch on all news that comes out nationally, across California, and in our individual communities. We will share any updates as we are able. 

We encourage all participants, volunteers, and staff to wear masks and to practice social distancing. We also encourage participants, who are able, to receive a vaccination two weeks prior to the event. 

Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and mindful event.


Get Registered

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view 

a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP 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).

Why Register?

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and while we remain hopeful that we'll be able to gather in person once again this fall, we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines and will continue to share updates in the coming weeks and months.

Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:

  1. You belong to a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.
  2. We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  3. Mental Health and suicide prevention are more important than ever, and we’re confident that with your help we can reach more people than ever before.

If you're looking for resources, please visit

Thank you for your support!