Meet Lee Duffy-Ledbetter. He’s the coordinator of Send Silence Packing, Active Minds’ traveling exhibit of 1,100 backpacks, representing the number of college students who die by suicide each year. In just a few short weeks, the spring SSP tour will kick off and travel to 12 states throughout the south.
But before that happens, we wanted to introduce you to the guy who runs one of Active Minds’ most popular programs:
Lee first became involved with SSP in 2014. Prior to working at Active Minds, Lee studied economics at George Mason University; he also spent time volunteering with a local mental health support group. It was during this time that Lee developed a passion for starting the conversation about mental health with young adults.
An avid traveler and storyteller, Lee looks forward to connecting with chapter members on the tour, building relationships with his road staff, and trying new things. “I make a point to explore and enjoy every opportunity I can along the way,” says Lee.
This spring, Lee looks forward to sharing the Send Silence Packing tour experience with two past Active Minds chapter members, Casey and Hayley. “I’m excited to visit new schools and see students react to the display,” he adds.
Today, Lee is busy finalizing logistics for the trip and coordinating travel arrangements. Most importantly, he is planning how to maneuver the truck filled with backpacks out of city traffic near the Active Minds headquarters in Washington, D.C. “It’s my least favorite part!” he said, laughing.
The spring SSP tour starts on March 31 at Auburn University. Make sure to follow the Active Minds blog for details and photos along the way. You can also check out #SendSilencePacking on Instagram for live tour photos.