Send Silence Packing

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We're looking for volunteers! 

Active Minds needs your help! In just a few weeks we will be displaying in the Twin Cities (Saint Paul specifically)! We’re hoping that you will come to see and take part in this powerful and moving exhibit.

Send Silence Packing will be at Landmark Plaza (between St. Peter Street and W 5th Street)
on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

You can sign up to volunteer by accessing the Google form located here– For more information on volunteering, you can also e-mail the Senior Program Manager of National Initiatives at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . There are seven (7) shifts total, with the first (7am) shift designated for set-up and the last (5:30pm) shift designated for packing and loading the materials. Please sign up for the shift that matches most closely with your availability and note when you plan to arrive in the comments.

Thank you in advance for your service!



Suicide claims the lives of more than 1,100 college students each year, and each one of those deaths touches us all. 

What is Send Silence Packing®?

Send Silence Packing® is a nationally recognized traveling exhibition of 1,100 donated backpacks representing the number of college students lost to suicide each year.  The program is designed to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of suicide, connect students to needed mental health resources, and inspire action for suicide prevention.  At each exhibit of  Send Silence Packing® 1,100 backpacks are displayed in a high-traffic area of campus (like the campus quad), giving a visual representation of the scope of the problem and the number of victims. fall2011_irvine

Active Minds Inc. has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in honor of loved ones impacted by suicide.  By displaying backpacks with personal stories, Send Silence Packing® puts a "face" to lives lost to suicide and carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about improving 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.

Active Minds hopes that by empowering students and the student voice in mental health awareness, we will see the day when mental health issues are widely discussed, and the number of tragic deaths due to suicide is reduced to 0.

Since the inaugural display in 2008 on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Send Silence Packing® has traveled to more than 70 cities in states across the country. Program evaluation data reveals that individuals leave the display wanting to learn more about mental health. Ninety one percent of survey respondents rate the display as powerful or very powerful and eighty three percent report that it is educational. Our evaluations also show that the majority of visitors tell three or more people about Send Silence Packing® and many reach out to a friend in need or seek help for themselves as a result of seeing the program.




Click here is you are Interested in hosting a Send Silence Packing display on your campus. 



Check out our blog to see pictures of the displays, and read about the impact of Send Silence Packing across the country.





Active Minds, Inc. continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in honor of loved ones impacted by suicide. If you click the button you can submit a story online using our secure online form, or you can mail in a backpack (with or without a story) to:

   ATTN: Candace Daniels
   Active Minds, Inc.
   2001 S Street NW, Suite 450
   Washington DC 20009



Interested in financially sponsoring a Send Silence Packing tour or display?  We'd love to hear from you!  Contact our Development Team at 202-332-9595 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Every display location needs volunteers to pull off the great event. Check back here for future volunteer opportunities and sign-up information.



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"I have a story on my son's backpack.  His name is Eric Hagen.  He died 2-1/2 years ago at age 17.  He was a person everyone liked.  Intelligent, creative, kind, nice-looking and going to college to be a Structural Engineer.  He graduated high school a year early and received many scholarships. He was an awesome young man.  I have attached a picture of him and also the backpack.  It means a lot to us that your organization is doing these displays.  Thank you!"    - Donna Hagen