Suicide prevention and mental health take center stage at City College exhibit – City Times

Dozens of backpacks, personal stories to share at Curran Plaza

Uyen Pham

The Send Silence Packing exhibit, seen here from 2020, featured backpacks donated from college students who died by suicide in an effort to encourage hope and resource awareness. Photo by Uyen Pham/City Times

San Diego City College will host an event called “Send Silence Packing” on March 17 that emphasizes mental health and encourages people to seek help when needed.

The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will include a display of dozens of backpacks at Curran Plaza in remembrance of students who have died by suicide.

The personal stories of those who lost loved ones are also included.

The story was featured on this week’s edition of Newscene, the award-winning student-produced television current affairs show. Newscene airs on ITV Channel 16 on Wednesdays at 5.30pm

The audio version, Newscene Radio, airs at 5 and 9 p.m. on KSDS 88.3 HD-2.

The event is put on by the City College chapter of Active Minds, a national organization dedicated to raising awareness and helping mental health.

According to Active Minds, up to 1 in 5 adults have a diagnosed mental illness.

Click here to view the Send Silence Packing event flyer.

Suicidal Lifeline: If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of the day or night, text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or chat online.

In the fall, Active Minds volunteers Yello Goller and Karolina Guerra Tena spoke about the student club’s efforts to help students return to campus after it was closed for nearly two years due to the pandemic.

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