Santa Cruz County Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Santa Cruz County Walk  


Event Details

Date: 09/30/2023

Location: Skypark, Scotts Valley, CA

Check-in Time: 9:30 am

Walk Start Time: 10:30 am

Contact Information

Walk Chair: Farah Galvez Theissen, 408-799-9262,

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk 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 health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about. We are excited to welcome you to the first annual event in Santa Cruz County!

If you're looking for support and/or resources, please visit and

Register to Walk With Us!

Returning participant? Thank you for being a Walk Alumni! When you click the register button be sure to click the blue Login link under "Been Here Before?"

Having trouble registering?  Click here to watch a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your 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). View this video tutorial for more help.

There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates!

Click below to get started!


And don't forget about all the ways you can FUNdraise!


Ways You Can Help

Volunteer at the Event

Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them! 

Fill out our chapter volunteer application to sign-up today: click here to view the application. Thank you!


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Santa Cruz County Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Click here to download our 2023 Sponsorship Packet or contact or or go to to become a sponsor today!

Are you a community organization or nonprofit that focuses on mental health? Apply to table at our community resource fair by clicking here.

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/30/2023 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!   Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.  

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Click here to download a flyer!

Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks 

Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!

Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central


Create a FB Fundraiser through your account or it will not connect to your page! This is super easy in the app btw (wink wink) 

Join us for Dine & Donate Nights in August! 
This August 22, our community partners are hosting Dine & Donate Nights to help us reach our fundraising goal. Click below to learn more and join us for dinner:
8/22 at Aptos St. BBQ: Download a flyer or visit the Facebook event
8/24 at Faultline Brewing Company: Download a flyer or visit the Facebook event
8/31 at Woodstock Pizza Santa Cruz: Download a flyer or visit the Facebook event


Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.


If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150


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 walk t-shirt!


Can I register at the Walk? Yes!  You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Are dogs allowed? Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the walk.


Parking is available for free at Skypark. Our walk route is 1.8 miles. Walking is not required to participate. See map below:

For additional questions, please email


Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, visit the photo booth, and more!

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.

Hope & Healing

Share messages of hope and remembrance.


Register by clicking the button at the top of the page


Thank you participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, dial 988 or text TALK to 741-741