MMHA is proud to partner with Active Minds and support its goal to "Change the Conversation About Mental Health" through awareness, leadership training, and support of more than 400 student-led chapters. Active Minds' nationally recognized suicide prevention program, Send Silence Packing®, travels to cities across the country to raise awareness about the 1,100 college students that die by suicide each year. The program is designed to give a visual representation of scope of the problem, connect students to needed mental health resources, and inspire action for suicide prevention.
If you are in crisis, please do not hesitate to call
1-800-273-TALK to get immediate assistance from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This call is free and confidential, and the crisis worker will work to help you feel safe and will offer resources that you may need. Even if you are unsure whether your situation is considered a suicidal crisis, anyone dealing with trauma, depression, substance abuse, family and friend relationship difficulty, and high stress has a valid reason to call – your problem is never too small or insignificant.
If you are feeling concerned about a friend or family member that may be struggling with a mental health issue, there are steps that you can take to help. Choose a time and setting where the other person feels comfortable and safe, and keep your conversation just to the two of you if possible to avoid the other person feeling "ganged up on." Be prepared to offer resources to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) and make sure that your words and tone of voice are not accusatory, but coming from a place of concern.