San Diego City College honors students who have taken their own lives


first_img Dan Plante, Dan Plante San Diego City College honors students who have taken their own lives Posted: May 9, 2018 Updated: 6:32 PMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It’s one of the most emotional things you will ever experience: 1,000-backpacks that once belonged to college students who took their own lives.“It’s very impactful. To see the names and faces and stories on the backpacks, it makes me feel sad for them and their families,” said college student Sylvia Ramirez.The backpack display was the creation of a woman who lost her college-aged brother to suicide. He was one of those guys who appeared healthy and happy on the outside but was suffering on the inside.“I think there is still a stigma about mental health. It’s one of those things that people would rather not talk about until it’s too late,” said Courtney Burke with a group called “Active Minds.”The backpack display has names, faces and personal stories attached. Looking at 1000-backpacks is emotional enough when you see the faces and read the stories, it rips your heart out.“Everyone I have met in the past several years has been affected by this. A brother, sister, dad or mother. A friend, neighbor classmate or teammate, everyone knows someone who took their own life,” Burke said.While emotional and powerful, the purpose of the display attempts to be positive.“There is a stigma about mental illness. It’s easier to ignore until it’s too late,” Burke said.The umbrella group is “Active Minds.” Other groups like “Send Silence Packing” are responsible for the emotional backpack display.“In this case, silence can truly be deadly. The less we talk, the deeper the problems get,” Burke said.It could be the most difficult discussion you ever make. It could also be the most important conversation you’ll ever have. Depression lives in deep, dark places and this program is hoping to shine a little light on those places. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than having the conversation is facing the consequences of not having it.More on this: “Send Silence Packing”. Also, “Active Minds” Both dedicated to saving college-aged kids from suicide caused by depression and mental illness. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 9, 2018last_img