Send Silence Packing

Send Silence Packing is one of Active Minds largest national programs. This acclaimed suicide awareness program is a traveling display of 1,100 backpacks representing the 1,100 college students who die by suicide each year. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students, and each one of those deaths touches us all.

I’ve had the opportunity to take this program on the road to college campuses and city centers in over 90 cities over seven separate “tours.” On each tour I, along with one other tour partner, would interact with thousands of students, faculty, and strangers as we discussed various aspects of mental health and how we can all create positive environments for both ourselves and our communities by taking steps to increase conversations about mental health. We would also document the displays with pictures, write-ups, and videos in real time on our tour blog.

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