SAN MARCOS (September 5, 2013) – As part of Suicide Prevention Month, Palomar College is partnering with Active Minds, Inc. to present a Send Silence Packing event at the San Marcos campus on Thursday, Sept. 12.
According to Active Minds literature, “Send Silence Packing” is a traveling public education display of 1,100 backpacks representing the 1,100 college students who die by suicide each year.” The display will be placed in the lawn area in front of the Student Union near the Veterans Memorial and clock tower.
The Send Silence Packing event is being sponsored by the Active Minds club at Palomar, which is affiliated with the national non-profit Active Minds organization that advocates for college student mental health. Funding for the event comes from the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP).
Palomar College Counseling faculty and club advisors Karan Huskey and Lori Meyers issued this statement, “We are very excited about our new chapter of Active Minds at Palomar College. Active Minds is changing the conversation about mental health, and stomping out the stigma. We are proud that Palomar College has been chosen to be a host campus for this national event for suicide prevention. This event has taken place at many prestigious schools such as Penn State, UCLA and UNC. Send Silence Packing, which is a suicide prevention/awareness campaign, is a very powerful and emotional event and if it moves just one person and they get the help they need and a life is saved, our goal will have been truly accomplished.”
Huskey added, “We are very grateful to CCC SMHP. The support of this organization makes it possible for Palomar to be involved in this important event.”
Further explanation on the Active Minds website reads, “The goal of Send Silence Packing is to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of college student suicide and help people understand how they can be part of the solution. Active Minds, Inc. has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in …honor of loved ones impacted by suicide to give a “face” to the lives lost; the personal stories written by families and friends accompany the backpacks. Send Silence Packing carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but about saving the lives of students, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends across the nation.”
For more information: http://activeminds.org/our-programming/send-silence-packing
Denise Zirpolo, Provider Relations and Marketing, HELP