Walk Date: 10/20/2019
Walk Location: Arena Green West - San Jose, CA
Check-in/Registration Time: 8:00 am
Walk Begins: 9:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: James Purvis
Contact Phone: 408-206-0862
Contact Email: SouthBayWalk2019@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 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.
Team & Walker T-Shirt Incentive Extended:
We'd love to recognize your team or name on the official 2019 South Bay Walk T-Shirt!
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.
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!
The South Bay Walk is planned and managed by a volunteer team and we have a huge volunteer group on walk day helping support the event.
Help spread the word about the South Bay Walk in your community or workplace! Click here for a printable PDF Flyer and feel free to post anywhere.
Raise $150 by 10/20/2019 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.
The top fundraising team by noon on Friday 10/18 will lead the walk and carry the Out of the Darkness Walk banner.
* Individual fundraising minimum of $150 per individual walker still applies in order to qualify to receive an event T-Shirt.
** Team members must have a valid email address
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.
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 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 strength and hope to be displayed on the Photo Wall, please bring copies only and not originals in case of accidental damage/weather.
We're excited to have the 2019 Walk at Arena Green West again this year. Our route will be a scenic walk downtown together starting and ending at Arena Green West. The route is paved and mostly level and accessible to all ability levels.
Parking, transit, and route information will be posted as we approach walk day.
Click here for a map of the event location.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones.