Prevention & Awareness

Send Silence Packing Wrap-Up: Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and Marquette University

Send Silence Packing is making an impact on people around campuses all through the Midwest. This week it stopped at Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and Marquette University.

Below are some pictures from the displays that were shared on Instagram. Follow the Fall 2015 Tour by following the hashtag #SendSilencePacking and checking the blog.

Michigan State University

guarino_theresa: So glad I got to be part of such a powerful event today. #SendSilencePacking
kaitblack64: 1,100 backpacks to represent the number of college students who die by suicide each year. #sendsilencepacking
_nothinggbutmyyown: This was moving to see, each backpack has a story #sendsilencepacking #msu

attack_of_mars: Volunteered for something super important to me called #sendsilencepacking which is a traveling exhibition to raise the awareness about the incidence and impact of suicide in college students.
franderellla: I’m so happy that MSU hosted #sendsilencepacking to help teach about mental health, suicide prevention, and where to seek help.

Northwestern University

monadugo: #sendsilencepacking @active_minds
so_phbalanced: These 1,100 backpacks represent the 1,100 college students who commit suicide every year. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. Not everyone has these resources, but everyone can be a resource. I stand with #nuactiveminds to #sendsilencepacking
laviedemaddy: #triggerwarning for suicide. One backpack, one story, one life. #sendsilencepacking #northwestern #mentalhealth @active_minds
studentaffairsnu: 1,100 backpacks, 1,100 lives #SendSilencePacking
traviesayrebelde: #SendSilencePacking Such a powerful exhibit to walk through and read the stories attached to the backpacks of college individuals whose lives ended far too soon. If you’re ever feeling depressed or alone, please know I’m here to listen and always willing to talk. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline operates 24/7 in both English and Spanish, so if you ever feel like you’re in a low place and need to reach out at any time, their number is 1 (800) 273-8255. Remember to watch out for one another and take care of one another, always.

Marquette University

markie_54: 1,100 college students lose their lives to suicide each year. Find out how you can help at #sendsilencepacking
absxoxo17: #sendsilencepacking is a traveling exhibit that uses 1100 backpacks to represent the 1100 college students that commit suicide each year, don’t be afraid to reach out, people are here to help!! National suicide hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255 @activemindsmu
caro_cline: Wow. I just walked by Send Silence Packing and felt so unbelievably moved. This movement is trying to shed light on mental illness and suicide prevention. As someone who’s lost a friend to suicide and suffers from 3 mental health disorders personally, I couldn’t help but tear up. It is so powerful. Most backpacks held a photo and a message to someone who took their life. Mental illness is hard enough as it is, I can only hope one day that the stigma that stereotypes it will be gone. #sendsilencepacking #wearethedifference
lifeoutofthenest: #sendsilencepacking @marquetteu today on central mall. For all those who have lost their lives to suicide and for all their families and friends we ask for prayers and thoughts. Remember that tomorrow is always brighter and don’t stop holding on. DM if you ever need someone to talk to. You are loved. @activemindsmu @activeminds @mutoday
blake_hartman: As someone who has dealt with the demons of depression for many years, almost going all the way to the end, I felt so alone in a world full of people. I never told anyone until recently, because I was worried the perception of “being a man” would mean I was weak for feeling sad. I want anyone and everyone to know that your life is worth more than anything anyone can say about you. Please know that people will listen, please know there are many more people than you realize that know what you’re going through. I truly wish that one day, this issue will be no more. #sendsilencepacking