The community is invited to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk in the City of Oakley to help raise awareness for suicide prevention.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about. We hope to see you there!
The event first launched in 2015 with more than 700 participants who gathered in Oakley to show solidarity against the stigmas surrounding suicide and mental illness. The event raised more than $38,000 in funds that year.
The event was brought to Oakley by then city Councilwoman Vanessa Perry who carried on efforts made by then Councilwoman Diane Burgis and Supervisor Mary Piepho. It was a result of an increase of suicides within the City of Oakley where they had a total of 11 in 2014—more than the previous 5-years combined.
If you’re looking for support and/or resources, please visit www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.
Walk Date: 10/1/2022
Walk Location: Cypress Grove Park, Oakley CA
Walk Start Time: 9:00 am
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Lindsey Cooper
Contact Phone: 925-301-6268
Contact Email: [email protected]
|Is there a registration fee?|
No, there is no registration fee to participate.
|If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?|
No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150.
|How do I make an offline donation?|
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.
|Is there a fundraising minimum?|
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP’s work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!
|Can I register at the Walk? Yes! You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.|
Can I bring my dog? Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk.
|Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.|
For additional questions, please email [email protected]
The Community Walks, held in hundreds of cities across the country, are the core of the Out of the Darkness movement, which began in 2004. These events give people the courage to open up about their own connections to the cause, and a platform to create a culture that’s smarter about mental health. Friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers walk side-by-side, supporting each other and in memory of those we’ve lost.
The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers will be our top priorities as we make decisions about event details in your community, and we’ll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.