send silence packing

For more than a decade, the Send Silence Packing® display has traveled the country to end the silence that surrounds mental health and suicide and connect visitors with resources for support and action.

inspire action for suicide prevention through education and advocacy

Introducing Active Minds’ newest suicide prevention program: Behind the Backpacks


Active Minds is proud to present our new digital immersive display, Behind the Backpacks. Designed as both a complement to our iconic Send Silence Packing® display and as a stand-alone experience, visitors to this online gallery will learn about suicide’s impact, learn how their everyday actions can help to create a new and better culture around mental health with reduced suicide rates, and share their own message of hope by answering the simple question: what would you say to someone who’s struggling?

This immersive experience is supported by generous funding from  RSM

Send Silence Packing

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Behind the Backpacks

a new immersive online experience


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Send Silence Packing: Behind the Backpacks




Alison Malmon, Founder & Executive Director

send silence packing traveling display

Send Silence Packing encourages people to seek out resources for themselves, friends, or loved ones. Trained professionals are on hand at each stop and thousands of mental health resources are distributed.

Learn If Send Silence Packing Is Right For Your Community

bring Send Silence Packing to your location

Contact us today to learn how to bring this profoundly impactful display to your campus or community! We begin planning each tour six-eight months in advance, so reach out early for updates as to when we may be in your area.

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Upcoming Tour Stops

  • October 25St. John's University College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Queens, NY

  • October 26Auburn University

  • October 28University of North Carolina, Charlotte Charlotte, NC

  • October 28Colgate University

  • November 1Elon University

  • November 1Bucknell University

  • November 3George Mason University

Send Silence Packing® is supported by the Danny Cramer Foundation & the Noah Langholz Remembrance Fund.

Send Silence Packing was 100% the most impactful event our campus has ever done. The amount of positive feedback and moving reactions I heard were so touching. It is a day that I will never forget. It was such an honor to be a part of.

Rachel DiGangi

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