Orange County California Walk

Join us on October 16, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Orange County California Walk

 

The resource fair is now LIVE! Click here. Active until 12/31/21

VIEW THE 2021 OC DAY-OF EVENT GUIDE HERE

Event Details

Date: 10/16/2021
Location: Saddleback Church – Main Campus, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Registration: 8:00 am
Event Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Cindy Bowman & Natalie Eden (602-510-1729, nataliellawson@gmail.com) 
Contact Phone: 949-235-0402 
Contact Email: cindy.afsp@gmail.com

Registration will be ONLINE ONLY this year.  Please spread the word and encourage your team members to register. Day of we will have QR Codes around the venue should we have folks who "Walk up".  Pre- registered walkers will NOT need to check in UNLESS you need to turn in donations.  We are encouraging you to donate online as well or mail in your donations using the offline donation forms.

COVID-19 INFO: Masks will be encouraged throughout the venue, but not required. We will also have hand sanitizer, extra masks, and gloves available to those that would like them. Many of our chosen activities this year will revolve around as little contact as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

Join Us Today

We're moving forward with plans to host our Out of the Darkness Community Walks in person beginning fall 2021. The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers will be our top priorities as we work with local authorities to make decisions about event details, and we'll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood.

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

Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Orange County California Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

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 Orange County Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250.00, 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

This year, we will be hosting our resource fair virtually on a platform called MapMe. 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. 

The resource fair is now LIVE! Click here. Active until 12/31/21

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 10/16/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!

Activities of Hope and Healing

Remembrance Buttons

Order your remembrance button today. Email a photo of your loved one (high-res JPG) to jim@jimtaylor.com and for a small cost you can either pick your button up at the event or have it mailed to your home! Each button is being made by our wonderful Emcee & past board chair, Jim Taylor! Buttons are $3 if picked up at the walk on October 16th.

Honor Beads 

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 and submitting photos of your loved ones here.

Photos due by October 8, 2021

 

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.

 

Thank you for your support!