“Send Silence Packing” Comes to CA Campuses

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Each Mind Matters has partnered with Active Minds, a national non-profit working to engage the student voice to change the conversation about mental health, to bring their public education exhibit Send Silence Packing to college campuses and city spaces throughout California. From Oct. 5 to Nov. 14, this nationally recognized display of 1,100 backpacks, representing the number of students who die by suicide every year, gives a “face” to the lives lost.

Accompanying the backpacks are personal stories and testimonies written by families and friends of lost loved ones. Passersby will be able to walk among the backpacks and read these personal stories and learn more about those who have died by suicide.

The powerful exhibit of donated backpacks sheds light on college student suicide and promotes a healthy dialogue around mental health. In addition, Active Minds will hand out literature on mental health, suicide prevention and where to seek help.

The Fall 2015 California exhibits start Monday, October 5 at California State University, Sacramento and will travel to additional locations throughout California, including Fresno City College, University of California Santa Barbara, Mt. San Jacinto College, and University of California, Riverside.

Active Minds was established in 2003 by Alison Malmon – then a junior at the University of Pennsylvania – after tragically losing her only brother, 22-year-old Brian Malmon, to suicide. This program was unveiled on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2008, with a keynote speech by The Honorable Patrick Kennedy. Since then, more than 320,000 people in 98 cities throughout the country have experienced Send Silence Packing.

For more information about Active Minds, and for a full list of dates for the Send Silence Packing exhibit, click here.