Walk Date: 09/09/2018
Walk Location: Leadbetter Beach - Santa Barbara, CA
Check-in/Registration Time: 7:45 am--10:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: around 9:30 am
Closing Ceremony: around 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Traute Winters
Contact Phone: 424-327-7101
Contact Email: email@example.com
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 walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
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 right away.
We will walk 3.2 miles roundtrip from Leadbetter Beach. Please click here for a map.
Download the Santa Barbara SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, 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!
Download the Santa Barbara Walk Flyer (in English or Spanish) to send to family and friends and display in your community. Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives! Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story about why you walk!
Raise $150 by 09/09/2018 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 table the day of the Walk.
- Walks teams that raise $1000 or more online by August 8th will have their TEAM NAME added to the 2018 Santa Barbara 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!
PAWS FOR PREVENTION
Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention tent.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area. Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit mental health organizations will open at 7:45 am. This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.
MESSAGES OF HOPE
We want to spread the message that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many resources available to help those who are struggling to cope. We will have a special area at this year's event for walkers to create a "message of hope" for themselves, someone they know, or just to provide strength to someone who might be struggling. Help us create a "community of caring" by letting each other know that anyone can experience suicidal thoughts but there is help, and there is hope.
Lost Art of Love Letters is an arts-integrated, creative letter writing project that promotes mental well being & human connection. Participants take a moment to creatively reflect on who or what touches their heart & send if off so others can feel it too. www.lostartofloveletters.com.
*Postcards will be available at the Out of the Darkness Walk to send appreciations to a person or an organization that has helped you through a tough time. They can also be created for someone who could use a colorful, handmade pick me up in their life or for a person you wish to honor.
Postage, inspiration & supplies provided
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 Heart Display. AFSP's Remembrance Heart Display 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.
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 Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk 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 - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.