On Monday, "Send Silence Packing," a national traveling exhibit of backpacks meant to highlight the impact of suicide, connect individuals to mental health resources and inspire action for suicide prevention, will come to Garden City Community College.
LiveWell Finney County, St. Catherine Hospital, Genesis Family Health, Compass Behavioral Health and the GCCC Student Government Association partnered to bring the exhibit to Garden City. It will be displayed at the GCCC Quad from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The exhibit, presented by the nonprofit Active Minds, includes personal stories from individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide alongside backpacks representing those lost. Many of the backpacks were donated by families who lost a student to suicide.
For more information about the exhibit, visit activeminds.org/sendsilencepacking.
If you are thinking about suicide or worried about a friend in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255) or text BRAVE to the Crisis Text Line at (741-741). For resources on how to help someone struggling with a mental health issue, visit activeminds.org/beafriend.
Compass Behavioral Health offers 24/7 crisis services. Residents can call the local office at (620) 276-7689.