Jeffrey Bridge, an epidemiologist at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, led a study that tracked suicide rates for ages 5 to 11 from 1993 to 2012. The white rate fell slightly while the rate for black children rose exponentially. Read Sabrina Tavernise’s piece in the New York Times here.
At STEP Up Ohlone, our goal is to get the word out about the importance of integrating mental health into the discussion of what it means to be a healthy person overall. We are working to remove the shame and stigma around what it means to suffer with and seek treatment for depression, anxiety, and other emotional and mental health conditions. We strive to bring the topic of suicide out of the shadows where we can see it and talk about it. And reduce its power. The Monitor is a great resource in helping us tell these stories. The April 23, 2015 issue contains in-depth coverage about our work’s impact on campus. Read it here.
On April 15th, on Ohlone’s Newark campus, a coalition of folks gathered to walk together and raise funds to bring mental health conditions out of the darkness and into the light where they belong.
At STEP Up Ohlone, we are constantly reminded of what becomes possible when a community of folks show up for each other, rally for a cause, and take a stand. Mental health issues are human issues. It is actually a sign of strength to be vulnerable enough to reach out for help! And because we are a community, what affects one, affects us all. This is just the way it is, plain and simple.
See some sweet photos here.
On Wednesday, April 8, at the Newark campus of Ohlone College the STEP Up Ohlone team, plus staff from the Student Health Center, members of ASOC and other dedicated college partners came together to make Day of Dialogue a rousing success. With more than 70 attendees taking part in various activities throughout the event (mental health bingo, depression screenings, thought bubble photo booth, mental health jeopardy, etc.) the afternoon was not only an important community building exercise, but great fun as well. To see an array of photos from the event click here!