Active Minds Brings Traveling Exhibit Raising Suicide Awareness To University Of Pennsylvania – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — During this National Suicide Prevention Week, a gaggle working to forestall suicides introduced an exhibit to the University of Pennsylvania campus on Thursday.

One backpack after one other.

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“The first step is to recognize that you are not OK,” Stephanie Calderon with Active Minds stated.

Upwards of a thousand tales of harm and ache laid naked on the University of Pennsylvania campus, bringing consciousness to suicide prevention.

“Some families do donate the original backpack from that person, and they’ll put inside their school supplies,” Calderon stated.

The organizers of the Active Minds tour say one out of each 5 college students dwell with psychological well being circumstances nationally, however they don’t attain out for assist on account of stigma and disgrace.

“Just like you take care of your physical health, you need to be sustained to mental health and wellness is something a person should be concerned about and take care of,” Ephraim Levin with CogWell, a pupil group at UPenn, stated.

They teamed up with quite a lot of Penn pupil teams to unfold hope and supply assist.

“At a really high-performing place like Penn, it’s easy to go about your day and not realize your friends may be struggling,” Penn senior Kelsey Warren stated.

Donna Ambrogi is aware of all too effectively.

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Ambrogi is now donating a backpack in her son Kyle’s honor that can now turn out to be a part of the nationwide touring exhibit. The star soccer participant died by suicide in 2005 whereas he was a senior at Penn.

“Two days before he died, he scored two touchdowns,” Ambrogi stated.

Seemingly completely happy, fun-loving and fashionable, his mother says anxiousness ate away at him.

“Smile on his face, went to class every day, went to football practice, went to dinner. This is not the picture of what normally depression looks like,” Ambrogi stated.

“Just two years ago, I wasn’t able to say the word suicide because it was so triggering for me,” Calderon stated.

Diagnosed with scientific despair, Calderon is now utilizing her voice to assist others.

“I feel so much better now. I reach out for help. I go to a psychiatrist, to a psychologist,” Calderon stated.

“Whatever you’re going through, there is help and support and there are people that care about you,” Melissa Rice stated.

Active Minds will transfer on to different schools and excessive colleges, however they goal to make sure it doesn’t finish right here. The aim is to encourage fixed assist and ongoing dialog with whoever may have it.

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If you’re feeling suicidal or having suicidal ideas, please name the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. More info could be discovered on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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