Fourth Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk - Student Health Center

Campus Walk Follow-up and Thank You

Participants releasing doves at the start of the walk.Thank you to all participants and volunteers who helped make this year's Out of the Darkness Walk a success to raise awareness and funds to support suicide prevention research. Ohlone College had:

  • A total of 63 walkers
  • More than 10 volunteers
  • Raised $2,715 in needed funds to support research efforts
  • Goal is to raise $4000

Please note that you still have until June 1, 2014 to make additional donations.

Sally Bratton, April 18, 2014

Out of the Darkness Campus Walks - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Mental Health Fair
  • 11:00am Check-in for the Walk
  • 12:00am - 1:00pm Out of the Darkness Campus Walk
  • Fremont Campus

Register now! Registration is now open for the Annual Ohlone College Out of the Darkness Campus Walk! The Walk is an opportunity for all to honor and remember those people who have been lost due to suicide. We will have remembrance activities, special guest speakers, refreshments, and more.

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Starting point: Quad between Buildings 1 and 5 on the Fremont campus
  • 11:00am - Check-in and on-site registration for those who did not already register by noon on Friday before the walk (register online before the event)
  • 12:00pm - Walk begins (twice around the perimeter of the campus down to Mission Boulevard and up around the fire gates; about 2.4 miles)
  • 1:00pm - Closing ceremonies
  • Fundraising Goal: $4,000 - Register, donate, track our progress
  • Walkers must raise $100 in order to receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-Shirt

There is no charge to participate in the walk.

In the United States, a person dies by suicide nearly every 14 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, and the third for youth ages 15-24, with adolescent depression -undiagnosed, untreated or both- as the number one cause.

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walks are 3-5 mile walks taking place in communities across the country, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). By walking in the Out of the Darkness Campus Walks, you will be walking with thousands of students nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. In deciding to walk, you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority.

Register now! to get started. Once you have registered you will have your own personal fundraising page to help you with your fundraising efforts as well as watch your progress!

Thank you for your participation and support!

  •  2.3% of Ohlone students have attempted suicide

  • Over 12% of Ohlone students received a lower grade on exam, lower grade in course or dropped a course due to depression

  • 25% of students have received mental health services from a mental health counselor

  • 8% of Ohlone students were diagnosed within the previous 12 months with depression

  • 21% of Ohlone students have considered suicide, 5.5% within the previous 12 months

Source: Ohlone College National College Health Assessment Survey March 2010.

Volunteers are needed to help monitor the route, register walkers, assist with the snack table and parking, and tear down.

We thank you for your efforts to raise funds to bring education, research and survivor programs to communities across the country and to break the silence surrounding depression and suicide.

Sponsored by AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), the Ohlone College Student Health Center and ASOC. This is such a worthy organization that has chapters all over the United States that do education for prevention, intervention for those considering suicide and supporting survivors. Most of the volunteers for the organization have lost someone to suicide.

If you can’t participate by walking, please consider volunteering to help at the event by registering and then signing up as a volunteer or placing a donation.

If you have questions, please contact Sally Bratton at

The first Out of the Darkness Campus Walk was held in memory of Stewart Dawson in April 2011.