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The national traveling suicide prevention exhibit "Send Silence Packing" made its last stop in Frankfort

The "Send Silence Packing" showcase was created to help end the silence surrounding mental health.

Posted: May 14, 2019 6:04 PM
Updated: May 15, 2019 3:46 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — A national traveling suicide prevention exhibit has made its last stop in Frankfort on Tuesday. The exhibit hits 30 cities across the U.S.

The "Send Silence Packing" showcase was created to help end the silence surrounding mental health.

More than 1,000 backpacks were laid across the Frankfort County Fairgrounds, each with a story written by families affected by suicide. Two Frankfort families donated their stories to this exhibit.

Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition sponsors the event. The Director of Operations Kathy Martin said this exhibit is timely because it hits so close to home.

“It's important, especially for our youth,” said Martin. “We've lost five young people in our community just over the last three years to suicide, so it is okay to not be okay, it is okay to reach out and we especially want to reach that message to our young people.”

1,500 highschoolers from Rossville, Clinton Central, and The Crossing took a trip to the exhibit.

The Crossing highschoolers say it was a powerful sight to see each backpack and its message.

“At first you think it's just this line and then you look over into the grass and there's at least over a hundred, said student Desiree Robbins.

“I felt emotional because people do different things to their selves kind of because they're depressed,” said student Bradyn Zink

“I liked being able to know that there are people there for me if I needed anything like that,” said student Sadie Linscott.

Spokespeople from Community Behavioral Health, BoilerWoRx, National Alliance on Mental Health, Healthy Communities of Clinton County, Four County, Sycamore Springs, and Mental Health America were all represented at the end of the exhibit. 

1-800-273-8255 is the number for The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24/7. You can find more information here.

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