Active Minds searched far and wide for the right people to represent the organization and Send Silence Packing during the Spring tour. We were lucky enough to find them in the amazing Brandon and the fantastic Nicole. For five weeks they hit the road on behalf of Active Minds.
In a truck, they traveled to 9 states. They set up 14 displays (with help from our wonderful Active Minds chapter members who generously volunteered their time). They distributed 28,660 educational items. They spoke to thousands of passersby about the program and often got more personal, sharing stories from their lives. They took hundreds of amazing pictures that made us feel like we were on the tour with them. And they blogged throughout, sharing their adventures from the road with all of us. On behalf of Active Minds, Inc., we wanted to thank them for their time, dedication, and spirit.
There were so many of you who volunteered your time, shared your stories, donated your services, and offered your support. We wanted to thank you too for helping make Send Silence Packing’s Spring 2011 Tour a huge success.
We spoke to thousands of people, garnered close to 100 news stories, including two stories that were picked up by the Associated Press, distributed hundreds of thousands of educational items – providing information on student mental health, suicide, specific mental health disorders, wallet cards advertising the national suicide prevention lifeline, information for survivors, information on how to help a friend and much more.
At each display we are inspired by the feedback and gratitude we receive from the visitors. We hope that Send Silence Packing helped empower you or someone you know to speak up and speak out about mental health and about suicide. Listed below are a few highlights from the many comments we received.
- “This display is giving me the courage to speak”
- “[Send Silence Packing] makes me consider not killing myself”
- “Thank you for letting me be apart of this. I’m living with mental illness…volunteering with this project makes me feel empowered to keep myself healthy and share my story so that others won’t feel so afraid to get help. No one should have to go through this alone.”
- “I lost two close friends a year ago. This is VERY helpful to get closure. Thank you!”
- “Excellent, moving, infinitely worthwhile exhibit”
- “I feel that I am good right now, but if I ever do need help, I know where to go now and how to help a friend how might be in need.”
- “I was going through a crisis and this display was there when I needed it!”
- “It really made me think about a few people I know are having a hard time. And about a boy in my dorm I know who has a roommate the he believes is suicidal. I’m really going to encourage him to get his roommate help.”
We really like to hear passersby feedback about the display. If you were at a stop and haven’t shared your thoughts with us please do here.
The Send Silence Packing truck is headed to California this fall! Keep checking back to see when dates and stops are announced!
And it closing, I think it is important to remember, “there is no health without mental health.” – World Health Organization