More than 1,000 backpacks were spread across HPU’s Cottrell Amphitheatre for the Send Silence Packing event. The event is organized by Active Minds, a national nonprofit that partnered with HPU’s Counseling Services.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 24, 2018 – High Point University’s Counseling Services and students partnered with Active Minds for the Send Silence Packing event that happened today.
More than 1,000 bags were spread across Cottrell Amphitheatre with stories of individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide.
“This exhibit is a sobering reminder about the sadness and suffering that comes to families who lose loved ones due to mental health challenges and depression,” said HPU President Nido Qubein. “It’s also a reminder of how many lives are lost in such a way that denies them the fullness of life. We at HPU care deeply about every student and every person in our family, and we are committed to learning more and exploring more and discovering what else we can do to help students and families, not only on our campus, but hopefully through this initiative nationally.”
Send Silence Packing is organized by Active Minds, a nonprofit that visits colleges and universities across campus. Active Minds helps raise mental health awareness and inspire action for suicide prevention. This event also connected participants to mental health resources to jump-start action.
“I saw all these backpacks, and I was taken back by all these bags and stories,” said Tobi Oladipo, an HPU junior. “It makes it seem more real because there are pictures of people lost to suicide.”
Morgan Carafa is an HPU junior and says these events are an important reminder for people to seek out help and guidance.
“It’s good to have events like this where it promotes, ‘It’s OK to not be OK.’ And you can find ways to unite with your fellow peers and be there for friends. The counseling services here are so great because they make it a welcoming environment.”