CMU recently hosted the Send Silence Packing exhibit, a national program designed to raise awareness about the devastating effects of suicide, and to inspire action for suicide prevention. The exhibit contained eleven hundred backpacks as a representation of the number of college students lost to depression every year. The backpacks contain stories of people lost to suicide, in an effort to break the silence.
During the time LEAD spent at the exhibit, what stood out most was students’ willingness to talk about and desire to learn more about suicide on college campuses. Students passing by often stopped at the information table to learn more. The fact that students are open to learning about such a sensitive issue ignites optimism for the future of depression on college campuses.
See photos from the event below: