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AFSP Orange County

The work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those who have lost someone to suicide.

About the AFSP Orange County Chapter

2022 Out of the Darkness Orange County Walk

Orange County Out of the Darkness Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined us at UCI Aldrich Park on Saturday, September 10th for the 9th annual Orange County Out of the Darkness Walk! With just over $80,000 raised, the Walk went off without a hitch! Thanks to our AMAZING volunteers! Y’all have truly blessed us with your endless efforts to stop suicide in Orange County! As a reminder – you and your team still have time to raise money and earn prizes from our national office (until December 31st), so we still have time to hit our goal! 

Congratulations to our Top Fundraisers!
Sarah Scheidegger
Amy Eilas
Kristen Farish

Top Teams
Waldo Walkers
Team Kelsey Burns
David J. Rivas "Crazy Eyes"

Click here for more information.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

Thank you to everyone that joined us in 2022!

Ride fo Fight Suicide

Our OC Hike and Ride to Fight Suicide was a huge success! Thank you to eveyone that joined us, sponsors and donors that supported us, and AFSP volunteers that came out to help at the event. So far we have raised over $19,000, and we're still counting! Keep track here -  Hike and Ride - for updates to the event.

Photo collage from Ride to Fight Suicide

Volunteer Meetings

The OC chapter hosts monthly volunteer meetings typically on the 3rd Monday of each month via ZOOM at 7:00 PM. We have also scheduled some in-person meetings. (Please see schedule below.) Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.

Volunteer Meeting Schedule:

  • Monday, Feb 28, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Virtual
  • Saturday, Mar19, 9:30 - 11:30 AM - In-Person
  • Monday, Apr 18, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Virtual
  • Monday, May 16,  PM 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Virtual
  • Monday, June 20, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Virtual
  • Monday, July 18, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Virtual
  • Saturday, Aug 13, 9:30 - 11:30 AM - In-Person
  • Monday, Sept 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Virtual
  • Monday, Oct 17, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Virtual
  • Saturday, Nov 5, 9:30 - 11:30 AM - In-Person

Whether your interest is in outreach programs, educational events, advocacy efforts, or fundraising strategies, you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the way that is most important to you. Sign up here to volunteer.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day was held on Saturday, Nov. 19 this year. This is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience. 

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

Remembrance Buttons

Rememberance buttonMagnets & Buttons: $3.50 - Mirrors: $5.50
Note: All Items are 3 inches in size
There may be an additional charge for mailing. Both Venmo and PayPal accepted. A portion of the proceeds goes to AFSP Orange County Chapter.
For questions and orders, contact Jim Taylor at [email protected]

Give Back Partners

Become a Give Back Partner with the Orange County Chapter. Position your company as a social leader in your community by partnering with us. Learn more about our give back partners here.

#duckduckHOPE

Help spread the word of HOPE by sending out cute little ducks into the community! We want to promote the message of hope by bringing smiles to people's faces. Learn more about our Duck Duck Hope campaign here.

Chapter contact:

Natalie Villegas
Area Director
[email protected]
657-554-2371

Upcoming events

More Than Sad

More Than Sad has taught over a million students and educators how to be smarter about mental health.

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It’s Real

It’s Real is a documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country.

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Healing Conversations:
Personal Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Healing Conversations gives survivors of suicide loss the opportunity to speak with volunteers, who are themselves loss survivors.

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