This year's San Francisco Walk was the largest yet and yesterday was an amazing event for all of our community. Thank you for supporting the work of AFSP nationally and here in the Bay Area!
Donations and walker pages will remain open until 12/31!
Walk Date: 09/22/2018
Walk Location: Mission Creek Park - San Francisco, CA
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 2:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Phone: 707-968-7563
Contact Email: OOTDSFWalk@gmail.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 event as listed above. 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!
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Download (JPEG or PDF) the 2018 San Francisco 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 #AFSPSanFrancisco.
Raise $150 by September 22nd (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! Email us at SFBayArea@afsp.org to volunteer on walk day.
- The team that fundraises the most online by September 21st (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 again at Mission Creek Park in San Francisco.The walk route is approximately 3 miles and is wheelchair and stroller-friendly.
CLICK HERE for a map to Mission Creek Park and the surrounding area.
Mission Creek Park is located at the corner of 4th Street and Channel Street.
Parking and Transit Options:
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.
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.
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.
If you would like to bring a photo of your loved ones, or a message of stregth and hope to be displayed on the Photo Wall, please bring copies only and not originals in case of accidental damage/weather.
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 8:00am. 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.
Want to host an information table inside the Walk Community Resource Fair? Click here to download the Walk Community Resource Partner application (501c3 non-profit organizations only). Space is limited and will fill up quickly so apply today!