Greater Los Angeles/Central Coast Chapter Virtual Campus Walk

Join us on April 24, 2021


Event Details

Walk Date: April 24, 2021
Walk Location: Location of your choice!
Opening Ceremony: 11:00am PST

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Louisa Rocque 
Contact Phone: 424-427-7101 
Contact Email:

The safety and well-being of our participants, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. We will be closely monitoring the safety guidelines and regulations given by the school/county/state, and will have an in-person walk and/or smaller in-person events as long as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, as well as your dedication to preventing suicide.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Greater Los Angeles/Central Coast Chapter Virtual Campus Walk  


Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and college campuses throughout the Greater Los Angeles & Central Coast for a Day of Action on April 24th With the recent global events, it is important now more than ever to bring light to the conversations of suicide prevention and mental health support. By registering, you are showing support for survivors, students at risk, and those who have been affected by suicide. We hope you will support the cause through this event from afar.

Our Opening Ceremonies will start at 11:00am PST. Directly after, at 11:30am PST, you will have the opportunity to join other campus walks across the Western Division, for a streaming presentation of It’s Real

Register in advance for this webinar:

The AFSP-produced film and discussion It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced by students. It’s Real conveys that depression and other mental health conditions are real illnesses that can be managed through specific treatments and interventions. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help. 


You can register as a Virtual Participant and join in the following ways on April 24th, to support suicide prevention. 

  1. Physical: Action.
    One of the top most important parts of Campus Walk experience for our participants is usually walking around our various campuses and/or taking action for our important cause. This year, we asking everyone to take action and participate by choosing your activity- you can walk and post about it on social media, stream your on twitch, or check in with a friend and post about it on social media. We will keep you updated with more information, so stay tuned. 


  1. Social Engagement: Connection.
    We know not everyone uses social media, but in this time of physical distancing, social media is a way for our community to come together to support one another. We will host opportunities to connect with one another and share our on social media, twitch, and a virtual opening ceremonies, as well as a virtual presentation of It’s Real!


  1. Fundraising Milestones: Impact.
    There is no fundraising minimum requirement for the Virtual Campus Walk. However, we encourage you to fundraise so AFSP can continue life-saving work and provide programs for suicide prevention. Your fundraising will impact the course of suicide prevention for years to come. There will be fundraising rewards as you cross different milestones- and for those who raise $100, you will receive a limited edition Hope Walks Here Campus Walks t-shirt.


  1. Event Program: April 24, 2021
    The Virtual Campus Walk is important to us all, so we want to make sure you have the best experience possible during the virtual campus walk. Join us for our Day of Action on April 24th, to honor loved ones and ourselves, connect with our community, and provide hope.

Be part of our Campus Walks Fundraising Challenge!!

Every walker who raises $250+ from March 13th - April 11th (11:59pm PST) will receive the awesome kit items mentioned below!

**This challenge is during the above timeframe only, and the kit will be shipped the week of April 12th.**

This cool kit will include sunscreen, a HOPE hat, sidewalk chalk, and a blue #RealConvo pin - everything you need to get outside, share your activities, and let everyone know that you are making a difference! Be sure to use #HopeWalksHere when posting!


Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP 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).

And don't forget to use the Activity Tracker to be active while FUNdraising!


Help Spread the Word!

Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!

This is a call for all students, organizations, departments, faculty, staff, alumni and community members from various college campuses to come together and not only remember and honor those whose lives have been lost to suicide, but to take action to help raise awareness surrounding the topic of mental health and suicide so no one ever feels alone or afraid to seek support or services. 

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use #HopeWalksHere and #OutoftheDarkness

Free Tee!!

Raise $100 by 04/24/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus 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 (if happening in person).

Team Donations — Donations can be made to a team, BUT the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising. Any donations made to the team as a whole will not go to any of the team members' individual fundraising totals. 

So please fundraise as an individual by sending friends and family to your personal page, and ask for a team "sponsorship" from local businesses, clubs, etc. and use it as a way to ask for donations during a team fundraising event!

Activities of Hope & Healing

#ShowUsYourColors Use this form to submit your #showyourcolors photo to be included in the AFSP 2021 Out of the Darkness Virtual Campus Walk.

Visit our Google Drive to find our Social Shareables and Hearts!

*Please note* We can not guarantee that every submission will be used during our live stream on April 24th. We will create an album of all submissions received by 4-14-2021 to be viewed on Chapter Social Media Accounts


Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental health condition can sometimes feel as if no one understands what you are going through. Wearing honor beads the day of the walk is a way to show each other that we are all connected to the cause, and that no one is alone.

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.

The Out of the Darkness Campus 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. 

Online registration closes at noon 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. Walk donations are accepted until June 30th.

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 AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, 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.