On October 12, 2023, ASSC, Active Minds, and Skyline Personal Counseling hosted a “Send Silence Packing” display at Skyline College. More than 100 backpacks were placed around the quad, with each backpack representing a different student who lost their life to suicide and their stories of loss and hope.

A mini-theater showcasing stories of hope, a resource table, and a Hope Wall where attendees left messages of affirmation and encouragement were also a part of the display.

This effort was aimed to raise awareness about mental health and suicide, to elevate the conversation so that our community can help end the silence around suicide!

Article by Nevaeh Garza and Perry Chen, photos by Perry Chen

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