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Ithaca College to Host Exhibit on Student Suicide

ITHACA, NY — “Send Silence Packing,” a touring exhibit that hopes to make some noise about the tragedy of suicide among college students, will make a stop on the Ithaca College Academic Quad on Friday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

“Send Silence Packing” is a display of 1,100 backpacks, representing the number of college students who commit suicide each year. By displaying backpacks with personal stories of loved ones 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 daughters, sons, brothers, sisters and friends across the nation. Contributions serve as a meaningful outlet for survivors’ grief as well as a powerful way to raise awareness and work towards suicide prevention.

The exhibit is part of an aggressive campaign by the national organization Active Minds to promote a dialogue about mental health issues on college campuses and combat the incidence of student suicide. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education and advocacy group on campuses, Active Minds works to increase awareness of mental health issues; provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness; encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed; and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

The Ithaca College chapter of Active Minds, now in its sixth year, is sponsoring the exhibit’s local stop. The chapter works closely with the Ithaca College Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and is advised by staff psychologist LeBron Rankins. For more information on the display, contact Rankins at (607) 274-3136 or