Arcata Walk

Join us on September 9, 2018


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/09/2018
Walk Location: Arcata Plaza - Arcata, CA
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/09/2018 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Heather Freitas 
Contact Phone: 707-362-7167 
Contact Email:

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the Walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the event as listed above. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Arcata Out of the Darkness Walk

to Fight Suicide

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started!

Quick Links:
Spread the Word Volunteer with Us
Sponsorships Team/Fundraising Incentives
Community Resources Location and Route
T-Shirts Remembrance Activities


Download (JPEG or PDF) the 2018 Arcata Walk flyer to help promote the event in your community and through social media! We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPHumboldt.

Post to your Facebook page and add the Arcata Walk link (, or the direct link to your fundraising page!


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


Remember your LinkedIn connections!


Share your photos! #OutoftheDarkness


Click here to download the Walk Sponsorship Opportunities packet or contact us and we'll send you a copy. ALL sponsors will receive numerous marketing benefits and recognition opportunities.


Want to host an information table inside the Walk Community Resource Fair? Contact us for details. (501c3 non-profit organizations only). Space is limited and will fill up quickly so apply today!


Raise $150 by September 9th (the day of the event) and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt! Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration tents on the day of the event.


Volunteers assist with everything from set-up and breakdown to food and beverage stations, to route support, prize giveaways, and much more! Contact Us to register as a volunteer.


- Walks teams that raise $1000 or more online by August 10th will have their TEAM NAME added to the 2018 Arcata Walk t-shirt!

- The team that fundraises the most online by September 7th (the Friday before the event) at noon will carry the AFSP banner and lead the route!


- Walkers that raise $150 or more by walk day receive an official event T-Shirt!

- Walkers that raise $200 or more by walk day will receive a special gift from the local chapter!

- Walkers that raise $1,000 or more by walk day will receive both of the above.


This year's event will be held at Arcata City Plaza. The walk route is approximately 3 miles and is stroller friendly.


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.

The Walk is a journey of remembrance and an event that unites a community - a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones.

We all wear honor beads (available for free at the Honor Beads tent on the day of the event, while supplies last) - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.


If you are a survivor of suicide loss, we encourage you to bring a non-returnable photo of your loved one to the event to add to our Remembrance Activity Area . AFSP's Remembrance area is an opportunity for walkers to share special photos and written memories of their loved one with others, or to simply pause for a quiet moment of reflection. 


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the Walk Resource Fair. Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 9:00am. This is your opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to making a difference in the community.

Sponsored By

Crestwood Behavioral Health
Humboldt Property Management
Providence St. Joseph Health
Danco Builders
Pacific Builders
McCrea Motors
Nancy Caryl Noll
Redwood Capital Bank
Mercer-Fraser Company
Harper Motors
Western Business Products
Coast Central Credit Union
Mad River Gardens
Coldwell Banker Cutten Realty
Ace Home & Garden Center - McKinleyville