Thursday, October 9, 2014

Send Silence Packing

Hello Loves,

Today at school our Active Minds chapter hosted the Send Silence Packing Event. It was a very difficult exhibit to walk through. You See all these backpacks lining and filling up the Green in the middle of campus. There was no way of avoiding them. And on the backpacks were papers, with stories, detailing the story of a person that had committed suicide.

Most of the stories mentioned how people around that person had no idea that he/she was struggling so much. Both the stories and my own personal experiences made this an incredibly difficult and emotional day. It was so hard to see all the bags, each representing a college student that we will lose to suicide each year. Suicide claims the life of over 1,100 students every year.

This is such a hard topic to talk about and I am so grateful to Active Minds and my school for having this exhibit. Even if people didn't read the stories they became more aware of the problem. We need to become the solution. We need to change the way we view mental health and how we talk about it. This is all very important, If you are struggling with any sorts of mental health problems or need any help please don't hesitate to reach out. Reach out to a friend, family member, teacher, counselor, or anyone else you trust. It will be the scariest most worthwhile step you will ever take.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, immediately. This 24-hour service is available to anyone in need of help. Never ignore or underestimate remarks about suicide. If you think your friend is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone—stay there and call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Stay Safe