Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Ohlone College Raises Funds for Suicide Prevention

Volunteer encourages walkers during the campus walk.Toni Smith, Ohlone College Campus Walk volunteer, rings a cow bell and provides encouragement during the walk.

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.

Campus Walk participants begin the journey around Ohlone's Fremont campus.Sally Bratton, Director of Ohlone College's Student Health Center, (left) leads participants through the the Quad at the start of the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk in Memory of Stewart Dawson.

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