Campus exhibit brings awareness to suicide prevention
Serving as a powerful and visual testament to the number of college students who die by suicide each year, Centre College will host a campus display of 1,100 empty backpacks on Thursday, April 14 as part of the nationally recognized public education exhibit Send Silence Packing.
The traveling outdoor exhibit is presented by the College’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Centre Counseling Services, in conjunction with Active Minds, Inc., the leading national nonprofit organization working to engage students in changing the conversation about mental health. Centre is the sixth stop on the Spring 2016 tour of 11 colleges and universities across the nation, including Johns Hopkins University, University of North Carolina and University of Delaware.
SGA Speaker of the House Bryce Rowland says the goal of the exhibit is to expand campus discussion on mental health.
“I hope that the Centre community will realize that issues of mental health are much more widespread than they believe,” he explains. “We should be praising people who are brave enough to talk about their emotional and mental health, not labeling those conversations as taboo.”
The exhibit will be displayed on Centre’s Festival Lawn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14. The community is invited to walk among the donated backpacks to see the photographs and read the personal stories of lives lost. Active Minds staff, student chapter members and College counselors will be on-site to discuss suicide prevention efforts and provide resources.
Follow the hashtag #SendSilencePacking on social media for exhibit information and photos. For more information about the traveling exhibit, visit www.ActiveMinds.org/SendSilencePacking.
April 11, 2016