Next Thursday, May 3, as you pass through the Memorial Quad you will notice 1,100 backpacks on display. Each backpack represents the number of college student lives lost each year to suicide and is part of the Send Silence Packing program planned by Active Minds, a student club here at Hofstra, focused on mental health awareness, education and advocacy. Each backpack contains a brief personal story to put a face on the lives of those who were lost.
We hope to raise awareness and educate members of the Hofstra community about suicide and we want you to know that resources are available to you. Student volunteers and counseling staff will be on hand throughout the day and the office of Student Counseling Services is always here for you. Visit our website for more information about the program and all other services offered through our office.