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Dialogue, walk to promote mental health

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Counselor Maria Ramirez poses for photos at Wednesday’s

Counselor Maria Ramirez poses for photos at Wednesday’s "Day of Dialogue" event.

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Counselor Maria Ramirez poses for photos at Wednesday’s "Day of Dialogue" event.

Rishabh Singhal, Staff writer

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The Newark campus will host STEP Up Ohlone’s Day of Dialogue and Out of the Darkness Walk on April 12 and 13. Both events aim to promote mental health awareness and raise money for suicide prevention.

The third annual Day of Dialogue will include games, screenings, prizes, and photo booths. Its goal is to create a safe, open forum for the campus community to discuss mental health issues.

“We advocate for mental health awareness in a fun, festive atmosphere,” said Rosemary O’Neill, Ohlone’s mental health counselor.

The Day of Dialogue will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 in Treadway Court and the lobby of the Newark campus.

The next day, walkers will make their way around the Newark campus in the annual Out of the Darkness Walk, held to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.

Registration will be at 11 a.m. and the walk will begin at noon.

“With Out of the Darkness, the Ohlone community comes together to walk the 3K course in support of those who have lost loved ones to suicide,” O’Neill said. Proceeds from the walk will be used for research in suicide prevention.

There also will be a variety of Text, Talk, Act activities centered around mental and emotional health in classes on the Fremont and Newark campuses from April 11 through April 14. The activities will be facilitated by a member of the Student Health Center or a trained student.

For more information, go to https://stepupohlone.org.

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