Mines Sends Silence Packing

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Who We Are

Entering into adulthood, especially at Mines, can sometimes feel like running into a brick wall. Students, staff, faculty and everyone else should never feel alone or think suicide is an option. Active Minds @ Mines is a student-run organization that strives to change the conversation surrounding mental health through programs, activities and events. Highlights from the 2017-2018 academic year include the advocacy boot camp on campus and the 1-in-4 Mental Health Fair. 1 in 4 adults struggle with mental illness, and every single person is affected by mental illness in their lifetime. We can make a difference!

Send Silence Packing

Send Silence Packing is an amazing opportunity to expand upon the mental health knowledge on our campus. It involves a backpack display created by people who have lost a loved one to suicide. Their stories are powerful and meaningful; a great way to help raise awareness. This display is taken to 30-40 college campuses a year, including the University of Denver in 2017. From a survey, 95% said that the Send Silence Packing exhibit was powerful, and 97% said it was educational. Evaluations of the effects of this exhibit states that most visitors told 3+ people about it, and a lot of them either reached out to a friend in need or for help themselves because of the exhibit. Many campus counseling centers reported a higher use of their resources after Send Silence Packing visited their campus

Bringing this exhibit to Mines would provide an opportunity for community members to walk through a powerful visual on the impact and prevalence of suicide. The cost of the exhibit is $5,000 and includes the 8-hour display of 250+ backpacks and stories; resources and materials such as educational flyers, giveaways, signage, and banners; volunteer t-shirts; and professional Active Minds staff on-site for management before and during the display. Mines will also have its own materials and counseling staff present to answer questions and provide access to resources for those in need.

We want everyone in this community to understand their worth and value and understand that it is okay to reach out for help. Any donation towards helping bring this fantastic event to the Mines campus is greatly appreciated!



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