We went to this conference because we would like to use the money collected in Josh's fund to bring Active Minds speakers to local high schools, promoting the concept of Youth Mental Wellness. We would also like to encourage our local school system to imitate Howard County Public Schools in Maryland, which has successfully implemented 5 Active Mind chapters in high schools, as part of a pilot program.
One of the many highly successful programs is Send Silence Packing. Below are pictures from this powerful, life-changing display, right in the center of the University of Maryland's campus. We would like to bring this display to Fairfax County.
1,100 backpacks, representing the lives lost to suicide on college campuses every year
Two girls reading Josh's story. One was crying.
Another young kid - I was moved because this bag was his actual backpack
Educational signs like this are all over....
These kids believe they are the voice of change. If you are a college student and would like to be part of this voice, PLEASE join your college chapter, or start one (click here to find out more).