- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - An exhibit of 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college students who die by suicide every year has visited Eastern Michigan University.

The exhibit took place Monday on the lawn between the Pray-Harrold classroom building, the Snow Health Center and the Rec/IM on the school’s Ypsilanti campus.

The exhibit sheds light on college suicides and seeks to encourage dialogue about mental health. The backpacks were donated in memory of those who have died by suicide. Personal stories and testimonies written by family and friends accompany them.

Literature on mental health, suicide prevention and where to seek help will be available.

The exhibit is part of Eastern’s campus suicide prevention initiative, “Stigma and Fear End Now at EMU.”




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