Press Release - Office of College Advancement
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College Raises Funds for Suicide Prevention
Fremont, CA—Ohlone College hosted an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to raise awareness about depression and suicide prevention. The event was held in memory of Stewart Dawson, a beloved staff member at Ohlone, who recently took his life due to depression. More than 100 faculty, staff, students, and community members participated in the walk, which raised almost $2,500. The proceeds surpassed the initial fundraising goal of $1,000. The event was sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Greater San Francisco Bay Area chapter.
Prior to the walk, Ohlone’s Student Health Center Director Sally Bratton announced that Ohlone College was selected to be the first community college in the nation to participate in American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Interactive Screening Program (ISP). ISP is a web-based screening method which has proven very successful in identifying students at risk for suicide and providing effective counseling options to help them.
Ohlone‘s Health Center staff will train during the summer and implement ISP in the fall of 2011.