Orange County California Walk
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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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact Phone: 949-235-0402
Contact Email: email@example.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.
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
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).
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.
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.
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 10/16/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Activities of Hope and Healing
Order your remembrance button today. Email a photo of your loved one (high-res JPG) to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.