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Orange County Out of the Darkness

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

JOIN US FOR THE 2024 OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK!

Mike Ward Park, Irvine, Orange County, CA
Saturday, Sept. 14

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. 

Register now at afsp.org/orangecountywalk

Volunteer Meetings

The OC chapter hosts monthly volunteer meetings typically on the 2nd Monday of each month via ZOOM at 7:00 PM. We have also scheduled some in-person meetings. Our in-person meetings are being held at the Irvine Water District Community Meeting room (15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine CA 92618). 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.

"Irvine Ranch Water District makes its facilities available for use by residents and nonprofit organizations merely as a public service, but does not, by allowing this use, endorse or support the purpose of the event or its sponsor."

Volunteer Meeting Schedule:

2024 Schedule:

  • Monday, February 12, 7:00 PM, via ZOOM
  • Monday, March 11, 7:00 PM, via ZOOM
  • Monday, April 8, 7:00 PM, via ZOOM
  • Monday, May 13, 7:00 PM, In-person
  • Monday, June 10, 7:00 PM, In-person
  • Monday, July 8, 7:00 PM, In-person
  • Monday, August 12, 7:00 PM, In-person
  • Monday, September 9, 7:00 PM, In-person
  • Monday, October 14, 7:00 PM, In-person
  • November TBD
  • No meeting in December

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, 2022. 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

Magnets & 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].

#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

Beth Cole
Area Director, Orange County and Inland Empire/Desert Cities
[email protected]
657-554-2371

Upcoming events and activities

  • Introduction to AFSP

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  • 2024 Disneyland® Halloween Half Marathon Weekend

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  • Orange County California Walk

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  • Looking for even more? See all AFSP virtual programs across the country.

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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.

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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Stories and updates

Orange County Chapter

Our Work in the Community

The Orange County Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention was formed in 2015. Since then, the chapter has grown into a vital force in our community. AFSP-OC adheres to the mission of saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

Duck Duck Hope

Duck Duck Hope

Help spread the word of HOPE by sending out these cute little ducks into the community! We want to promote the message of hope by bringing smiles to people's faces.

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Finding Strength in AFSP’s Overnight Community

I would like to see a world without suicide, in which everyone takes care of their mental health, and all people support one another and are kind to each other. Everyone should have access to the mental health support and services that they need.