Friday, April 19, 2013
Office of College Advancement
Fremont, CA-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. With statistics that could easily hit close to home, Ohlone College will be hosting their 3rd Annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.
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. Last year over 150 faculty, staff, and community members participated in the walk. 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 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.
Student Health Center Director Sally Bratton said, "Ohlone Community College is delighted to host the 3rd Annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This organization has provided much support over the years to family and friends who have lost someone to suicide. It is quite an honor to work with them and hope to see community members participating."
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 to donate please visit www.ohlone.edu/go/campuswalk.
- Ohlone College
3rd Annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013
- 10:00am Mental Health and Wellness Fair
- 11:00am Check-in
- 12:00pm Walk Begins
- 1:00pm Closing Ceremony
- Ohlone College-Quad
43600 Mission Blvd.
- Free event parking from 10am-2pm Lots O and P (Fremont campus map)