Brandon Doman and I were recently hired by Active Minds to take their Send Silence Packing program on the road. Active Minds is an non-profit organization working to promote awareness and change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. They recently applied for the Pepsi-Refresh Everything Competition and were awarded a $50,000 grant. How amazing is that? I've been hearing about the Pepsi-Refresh campaign and thinking up ways to apply myself. I'm really thrilled that this program is actually touching my life and so many others.
Not only will I be driving through the beautiful and flat Midwest, I will get to participate in a program of substance to help spread an important message. I'm really excited to be working with Active Minds, especially to promote Send Silence Packing (SSP). SSP is a suicide awareness campaign aimed to begin a dialog around the silent statistic that on average, 1,100 college students commit suicide nationwide each year.
Brandon and I will be keeping a blog and twitter account to help share our stories and the stories of others while we're on the road. I'll be sure to post more on my experiences.
I fly out to Washington D.C. tomorrow. If you're in D.C. I'll be there all weekend and I would love to see you!