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MU Students 'Shed the Silence'

Active Minds Mizzou casts a light on Mental Health Month

Published June 1, 2017
Story and photos by Sarah Sabatke

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 1,100 T-shirts covered the ground of Kuhlman Court outside of the MU Student Center. While it may seem random, this number was very much intentional - the shirts represent the approximate number of students on average who die by suicide each year.

Active Minds Mizzou, the campus branch of a nationwide non-profit mental health advocacy organization, hosted the event. There are 455 chapters of Active Minds at universities nationwide. The event, titled "Shed the Silence," was held just before the beginning of May, recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness as Mental Health Month.

The event uses T-shirts as a variation of the event "Send Silence Packing," a traveling exhibit that uses 1,100 backpacks, each with a personal story attatched to it, to represent the students lost to suicide each year.

Shed the Silence t-shirts on Kuhlman Court

1,100 shirts lie on the grass of Kuhlman Court outside of the MU Student Center on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The shirts are part of an event hosted by Active Minds Mizzou, a student organization working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. The shirts are meant to represent the average number of college students' lives lost to suicide each year.

Jacob Babb

MU Student Jacob Babb shares mental health resources on Kuhlman Court outside of the MU Student Center on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Babb helped with "Shed the Silence," an event hosted by Active Minds Mizzou, a student organization working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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Last updated: Aug. 25, 2017