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You are invited: Send Silence Packing, Thursday, April 25


 An emotionally powerful exhibit is stopping by College of the Desert to raise mental health awareness and inspire action for suicide prevention. This exhibit travels across the country to end the silence that surrounds mental illness and suicide. The all-day exhibit includes personal stories from individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide, and is designed to raise awareness about the impact of suicide, connect individuals to mental health resources, and inspire action for suicide prevention. Passersby are invited to walk among the Send Silence Packing backpacks to see the photographs and read the stories attached to them. Many of the backpacks were donated by families who lost a student to suicide.

The event will be on Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will be located near the Palm Desert amphitheater and Fountain of Knowledge.

More information about Send Silence Packing is available online. For anyone thinking about suicide or worried about a friend in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text BRAVE to the Crisis Text Line at (741-741). For resources on how to be a friend to someone who is struggling with a mental health issue, visit the Active Minds website.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 760-776-7211.