Ventura County Virtual Walk

Join us on September 18, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Ventura County Virtual Walk

Event Details

Date: 09/18/2021
Event Time: Virtual opening ceremony at 8:00am on this page. Walk with us on October 23rd in Santa Monica. To RSVP, please sign up here

Watch the closing ceremony here

Join Us Today

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.

Registration is free, so sign up today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Ventura County Virtual Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

*Important Update* For the safety of our participants, volunteers, staff and the community, the Board of Directors for the AFSP Greater Los Angeles & Central Coast Chapter has made the decision to host virtual Out of the Darkness Community Walks this Fall in areas where it is not possible to be in-person due to permitting or limited resources to plan a safe event.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are particularly important events for the AFSP Greater Los Angeles & Central Coast 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. 

So what has changed? We will still be providing an virtual opening ceremony at 8:00am on September 18th. If you would like to walk with us in person, you can join us at the Santa Monica Out of the Darkness Walk on October 23rd. If you would like to walk with us on October 23rd, please also sign up for their event here. 

Please note all that sponsors and resource partners will be highlighted for both the Ventura County and Santa Monica Walks. Also, any fundraising you do for the Ventura County Walk, will stay with the Ventura County Walk. However, we will extend your chances of earning fundraising prizes to meet the October 23rd deadlines. 

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jena Moraga
Contact Phone: 805-889-4013
Contact Email: jenamoraga.afsp@gmail.com

Register Now

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. The global pandemic has impacted the emotional and economic well-being of many individuals and families, and left many of us to manage a variety of emotions, including feelings of uncertainty. We also know increases in suicide are not a foregone conclusion if we act now to mitigate risk and support the mental health of our friends, families, and neighbors. But we need your help. Every dollar you raise through the Out of the Darkness Walks allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide. 

It’s more important than ever for us to stay connected. 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.

Register Today and help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Ventura County Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $500.00, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits! 

Upload agreement and logo online

Resource Fair

The resource fair is now LIVE! Click here, so see the resource fair, which stay active until 12/31/21.

Resource partners will also be allowed send materials and/or giveaways in advance, to be given out and/or displayed at the in-person walk. Please note that all sponsors can sign up for free. Sponsors will be given a registration code. To register, please click here. 

Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to help with the event.  We have monthly meetings leading up to the event day. Take a moment and complete our Volunteer Form so our walk chairs may connect with you!

Help Spread the Word!

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


  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

 
  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!
 
 

Follow us on 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.

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/18/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Activities of Hope and Healing

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 honor bead video.

We want you to feel represented in our community; your experience matters. We're asking you to please submit photos/short videos of you representing your Bead Color AND/OR photos of your loved ones lost. If you don't have beads, you can get creative and wear your color, make a sign, draw beads, etc. Use this form to submit your pictures and/or videos. All submissions must be received by 10/16/21.

 

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.

If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.

FAQs

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

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.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official 2021 Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

How do I set up my personal fundraising page?
If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.

Thank you for your support!