April 22, 2011

Send Silence Packing Tour

Send Silence Packing, a program of Active Minds, is an exhibit of 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college student lives lost to suicide each year. Active Minds Inc. has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in honor of loved ones impacted by suicide. By displaying backpacks with personal stories of loved ones that put a ‘face’ to lives lost to suicide, Send Silence Packing carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but also about saving the lives of students, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters and friends across the nation. Jamie has a backpack represented in this tour. 

In April 2010, Send Silence Packing on its first ever multi-city tour! The program departed from the Active Minds national office in Washington, DC and traveled to campuses in 10 cities across the country, as far west as Montana. The 1,100 backpacks will travel as far West as Michigan State University and will be making stops in Ohio, Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston Massachusetts, New Jersey and Baltimore, Maryland. For a complete list of the spring 2011 tour dates and stops, visit www.activeminds.org/sendsilencepacking. Check out the Send Silence Packing Blog to meet the road trip staff, see pictures of the displays, and read about the impact of Send Silence Packing across the country.