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Porterville College will host Send Silence Packing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 on the PC Campus. Send Silence Packing, a program of Active Minds, is a nationally recognized suicide awareness program of 1,100 donated backpacks representing the 1,100 college students who die by suicide each year. PC is one of twelve California colleges and universities hosting an event this fall.

The goal of Send Silence Packing is to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of college student suicide and help people understand how they can be part of the solution. Active Minds, Inc. has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory or in honor of loved ones impacted by suicide to give a "face" to the lives lost; the personal stories written by families and friends accompany the backpacks. Send Silence Packing carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but about saving lives.

This display is being sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP).

For more information on how you can get involved with the PC Send Silence Packing event call (559) 791-2326.