“Send Silence Packing” (Nationally Recognized, Traveling Suicide Prevention Exhibit) (Nick’s Network of Hope co-sponsor of event)

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Date(s) - Friday, May 12, 2017
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

North Central College
30 North Brainard St., Naperville, IL, 60540

Contact: Details to Come

Nick’s Network of Hope, SamaraCare Counseling and North Central College are hosting/sponsoring the nationally recognized, traveling suicide-prevention exhibit called, “Send Silence Packing.” Active Minds presents this exhibit and is a leading nonprofit organization in suicide prevention. It is highly impactful.  It consists of 1,100 backpacks, the approximate number of college students who commit suicide each year. A majority of the backpacks contain a picture and story of a college student who has died by suicide, like Nick Pacha, the “Nick” of Nick’s Network of Hope.

The exhibit raises awareness about suicide, prevents suicides, facilitates discussion about mental health issues, and helps de-stigmatize mental health problems. It will be held at North Central College on May 12th from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Mental health professionals and counselors will be on-site. Linda Pacha, founder of Nick’s Network of Hope, and her husband, Tom, will have a table at the exhibit and will talk to students about their son’s suicide and what they have learned to help students. Handouts and other information will be available.

Picture of girl looking at backpacks from the Active Minds traveling suicide prevention exhibit