In the Media

kohl_logoIn the past year, STEP Up has added to our list of esteemed campus partners with the addition of the KOHL radio station. Our hats are off to Bob Dochterman and Jeremy Mull.  Not only has KOHL radio run several of our suicide prevention public service announcements, but they also brought STEP Up Ohlone staff  into the studio for a dual segment (in three parts) of “Close Up”  — a lively 90 minute discussion on mental health issues and suicide prevention.

KOHL “CLOSE UP”   (broadcast on February 5 & February 12, 2017)  Click below to listen to Sally Bratton, RN, FNP, PA-C (Director of Ohlone’s Student Health Center), Rosemary O’Neill, MA, MFT, Life Coach (Coordinator of Personal Counseling and Life Coaching Services at Ohlone College), and Cris Rita (Community Education Program Coordinator, Crisis Support Services of Alameda County) for a fascinating discussion on mental health and suicide prevention.

banner-ohlonecollegemonitor-from20130502In recent years, STEP Up has been so fortunate to have found a magnificent partner on campus with Rob Dennis and the Monitor staff. Click below to read an array of articles and profiles connecting the Ohlone community to issues of mental and emotional health.

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Academic Year: 2015-2016

Ohlone Takes Steps to Bring Suicide Out of the Darkness in 5K Walk

Monday, April 4, 2016, Office of College AdvancementOhlone Takes Steps to Bring Suicide Out of the Darkness in 5K Walk **For Immediate Release** 

Fremont, CA — Ohlone College’s sixth annual “Out of the Darkness Walk” takes place on April 13, 2016, sponsored by STEP Up Ohlone, in association with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This year’s event, held on Ohlone’s Newark campus, brings students, faculty and community members together to shed light on suicide prevention efforts across the College. The annual 5K walk offers a chance for participants to make friends, meet allies, find emotional support, and build community. Funds are for vital research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives, and programs to support those impacted by suicide.

“Thanks to events like this walk, we are beginning to make a dent in the way the Ohlone community thinks about mental health,” said Sally Bratton, Director of the Student Health Center. Bratton continued, “Out of the Darkness demonstrates that there is social support for those who struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide, and those with friends or family who are suffering.”

Sang Leng Trieu, Project Director of STEP Up Ohlone said, “It’s a powerful thing to be part of something that is so positive and life affirming. Far too many of us know what it’s like to lose someone we love from suicide.” The walk’s original purpose on campus was to honor Ohlone staff member Stewart Dawson, who died by suicide in December 2010.

Last year’s walk raised over $2,700 and brought together over 40 participants.

The STEP Up Ohlone Program is funded by a three-year federal SAMHSA grant and works to promote student mental health and remove the stigma and prejudice around seeking treatment.

Check-in for the Out of the Darkness 5K begins at 11:00 am on April 13, 2016, and the walk commences at 12:00 pm. To make a donation, for more information, or to register in advance, please visit