Ohlone promotes suicide prevention with Out of Darkness Walk - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, April 23, 2013—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Submitted by Ohlone College.

As the third leading cause of death among young adults and teens and the second leading cause for college students, suicide is a huge concern on college campuses. Ohlone's Out of the Darkness Walk will contribute funds to "vital research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives, and programs to support those impacted by suicide" through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Originally, the walk began as a way to honor Ohlone staff member Stewart Dawson, who fell victim to suicide in December 2010. It has evolved into a mechanism to help the nearly 1 million Americans who attempt suicide, the 34,000 individuals who die by suicide, and the 20 million people who suffer from depression every year.

The walk will begin at Building 7 at noon on Tuesday, April 23 on the Ohlone College Fremont Campus and will continue around its perimeter. For two hours prior to the start of the walk, participants can visit the Mental Health and Wellness Fair, where several community-based organizations will exhibit educational materials and resources.

This event is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Northern California Chapter, the Ohlone College Student Health Center, STEP Up Ohlone, and the Associated Students of Ohlone College (ASOC). To register for this event or donate, please visit www.ohlone.edu/go/campuswalk.

  • Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention
  • Tuesday, Apr 23
  • 10 a.m. Mental Health and Wellness Fair
  • 11 a.m. Check-in
  • 12 p.m. Walk Begins
  • 1 p.m. Closing Ceremony
  • Ohlone College-Quad
    43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
  • Free event parking from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lots O and P

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