Send Silence Packing Display on Deering Meadow
Active Minds, a national non-profit organization, visited Northwestern University on September 28 to display their exhibit consisting of 1,100 backpacks, each representing the loss lives of students by suicide each year. The exhibit is an effort to raise awareness on mental health issues and prompt action towards preventing suicide amongst college students, initially by having dialogue.
The backpacks filled Deering Meadow, which created a startlingly real message of just how high and too high the rate of suicide is. Some backpacks, containing pictures, messages and personal items, were donated by families and friends of suicide victims.