October 19, 2013
Walk begins at 6:30 AM (Check-in at 6:00 AM)
Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, Oakland, California
AFSP’s Oakland Community Walk is the closest community walk (aside from the San Francisco event that was held a couple weeks ago) to UC Berkeley, and it is a great opportunity for You Mean More members to see what it’s like the participate in an event similar to the one we will be hosting in the spring. If you are interested in attending as a group from UC Berkeley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oakland Out of the Darkness Community Walk, held at dawn at Lake Merritt, is multi-dimensional in its symbolism.
The official mission of AFSP’s nationwide Out of the Darkness Community Walks is to bring focus and attention to the epidemic of suicide and to help fund research and support for those suffering from depression and mental illnesses that may lead to suicide. Bringing “light” to this cause promotes awareness for those who have not been personally impacted. It also provides a forum for families and friends who have been affected most directly to learn that the historic stigma and shame associated with suicide can be lifted, so that we can work together to find better solutions.
To arrive between 6 and 6:30 am on a Saturday morning for a 3 mile walk around Lake Merritt is, itself, a declaration of the love and respect still held for those who died in a way that often leaves behind a large degree of pain and guilt. For some, it seems a small but significant way to annually honor someone who has died by suicide. They hope to raise $30,000 for AFSP.