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Empty backpacks used to show suicide's reach

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File photo of Send Silence Packing Oct. 12, 2016 File photo of Send Silence Packing Oct. 12, 2016
LAFAYETTE, La. -

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) On Campus held its suicide awareness event Monday on the UL campus. 

The event, Sending Silence Packing, is intended to raise awareness of suicide on college campuses. Empty backpacks were displayed in the Quadrangle to visually convey the loss of college students to suicide. About 1,100 college students in the United States commit suicide every year.  The event encourages students to talk about how they can help fellow students who may be considering suicide.

The theme this year is Hold On To Hope - Unpacking the Stigma.

Send Silence Packing will also kick off fundraising for research grants for undergraduate and graduate students working in the area of mental health.

University-sponsored memorials will be remembered and displayed around the fountain in the University Quad.
 
If you are in a crisis, dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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