Our Favorite #ReasonsISpeak Posts

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Throughout Suicide Prevention Month, we asked you to share on social media with us the reasons you speak about suicide prevention, using #ReasonsISpeak.  Stigma fighters, you showed your power, and we loved the responses we saw.

Thank you for sharing your stories, hope and strength with us. When we make noise and when we speak out, we silence stigma. We couldn’t do it without you. Keep up the great work.

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3 Conference Keynote Speakers You Won’t Want to Miss

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Our National Mental Health on Campus Conference is exactly one month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about our fantastic lineup of keynote speakers.

Meet our three keynote speakers, who are truly changing the conversation about mental health around the world.

BriggsandGGB_web_183_37Kevin Briggs, “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge,” Pivotal Points

Sergeant Kevin Briggs has touched hundreds of lives, and continues to reach hundreds more.  As a former California Highway Patrol officer, Briggs helped hundreds of people who were contemplating suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge to come back over the bridge’s rail and give life another chance. These challenging, but life-changing efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.”

After a 23 year career with the California Highway Patrol, Briggs retired to dedicate his life to promote mental health awareness across the globe, founding Pivotal Points, an organization that works to promote Suicide Prevention, Crisis Management, and Leadership Skills.

Hear him speak Sunday, Nov. 16 from 11 am to 12 pm.

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Send Silence Packing: University of Miami

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On Oct. 9, Send Silence Packing made its final stop on our Fall 2014 tour at the University of Miami.  Below are a few pictures of the powerful Miami display.

This might have been the last stop of the tour, but this isn’t the end of our suicide prevention work. Let’s keep this conversation going, Stigma Fighters.

Share #SendSilencePacking images and blog posts with your community, tell people about the power of the display and speak up about the importance of ending the stigma of mental illness.

Together, we will Send Silence Packing.

@dnpmia: 1,100 backpacks to represent the 1,100 college students who took their own lives last year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. If you or anyone you know is ever struggling, silence is not the answer. Talking to someone is not admitting weakness; it is showing strength. This is such a powerful project. I am so proud to attend a university that is passionate about change. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming."#sendsilencepacking #activeminds #awareness #suicideprevention#universityofmiami

@dnpmia: 1,100 backpacks to represent the 1,100 college students who took their own lives last year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. If you or anyone you know is ever struggling, silence is not the answer. Talking to someone is not admitting weakness; it is showing strength. This is such a powerful project. I am so proud to attend a university that is passionate about change. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming.”#sendsilencepacking #activeminds #awareness #suicideprevention#universityofmiami

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Send Silence Packing: Pensacola State College

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Send Silence Packing stopped in Pensacola, Fla.on Oct. 7 at Pensacola State College, the second to last stop on the fall tour.

See below for #SendSilencePacking images shared on Instagram from the PSU display and keep up with the tour by following the hashtag and checking in on the blog.

@Morganpollardxo: I'm in love with what PSC is doing today along with other colleges participating in #SendSilencePacking ; on the front lawn are 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college student suicides in the past year alone to raise suicide awareness. Such a powerful tool for a greatly ignored cause. #SuicideAwareness

@Morganpollardxo: I’m in love with what PSC is doing today along with other colleges participating in #SendSilencePacking ; on the front lawn are 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college student suicides in the past year alone to raise suicide awareness. Such a powerful tool for a greatly ignored cause. #SuicideAwareness

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5 Things you can do to end the stigma surrounding mental illness

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Today is our day, stigma fighters — it’s National Day Without Stigma! We’ve got five tips for you to help combat the stigma surrounding mental illness today and everyday. Keep up the good work and use these tools to fight stigma on your campus.

1. Sign the Mental Health Unity Pledge. We’re really excited to unveil today a brand new Active Minds program that seeks to create safe spaces for people to speak openly about mental health. Sign the Pledge and receive a sticker, to hang up in your dorm room or in your car. This will symbolize to other people that it is a safe space to talk about mental illness. Together, we can help create a community where no one is afraid to speak out.

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Send Silence Packing: Houston, Texas

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On Oct. 2, Send Silence Packing stopped in downtown Houston, Texas. Here’s a recap of our favorite photos from the Houston display. Keep following the tour on the blog or using #SendSilencePacking as we head to Florida for our final two stops.

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#ReasonsISpeak: National Office Staff Join Hashtag

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This Suicide Prevention Month, we’ve been encouraging you all  to share with us your #ReasonsISpeak photos. Together, we’re forming a community where no one is afraid to speak out about suicide or mental health.

Inspired by your posts, the Active Minds Staff wants to show you why we speak out to raise awareness of suicide.

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“Because together we can make something beautiful out of our pain. We have the power to build each other up.” — Robyn Suchy, Administrative Assistant

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The Power of Send Silence Packing

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XKiS9NJ9LvH-pObNTslb0NgKv-dMV6lCR3asRyPEUXII saw the pictures. I knew the message.  I’ve heard the stories.  But when I stood in the middle of 1,100 backpacks representing the 1,100 college students lost to suicide each year, I was flooded with feelings I didn’t expect.

Last week, I had the great honor of volunteering at Send Silence Packing, Active Minds’ public suicide awareness exhibit, which was on display at George Mason University. As a communications intern at Active Minds for two semesters now, I’ve written and talked about Send Silence Packing many times. But seeing it in person was a totally different experience.

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Announcing the Fall Send Silence Packing Tour Stops

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10975_10152231204217676_4563862859200447454_nIn two days, Active Minds is sending its acclaimed Suicide Prevention Exhibit, Send Silence Packing, on the road again — and this time we’re headed down south!

Send Silence Packing is a public awareness exhibit of 1,100 backpacks to represent the number of college students who die by suicide each year. The bags are placed in a high-traffic area of campus, like the quad, to ensure that as many people as possible see the display.

Many of the backpacks were donated by families who have lost a student to suicide and feature photos and stories. It’s an incredibly powerful visual and it really shows how prevalent and serious of an issue this is.

 

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Bring PostSecretU to Your Campus this Year

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We are excited to announce that our popular program PostSecretU has expanded. Now, students with and without Active Minds chapters can bring PostSecretU to campuses across the country.

Active Minds PostSecretU is the campus version of Frank Warren’s popular project PostSecret, in which people anonymously mail in secrets on a homemade postcard. Our campus-based community art project allows students to share their own secrets and anonymously display them on campus.

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