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Suicide Prevention Exhibit 10/11/13

More than 1,000 backpacks are displayed on a north lawn of Capitol Park this afternoon to represent the 1,100 college students who commit suicide each year.

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    More than 1,000 backpacks are displayed on a north lawn of Capitol Park this afternoon to represent the 1,100 college students who commit suicide each year. Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Lost in thought, visitors read the stories and quietly wandered among the backpacks, which came in many colors, shapes and sizes -- just like the students they represent. Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    "It's very touching, very heart wrenching in many cases. There are some incredible stories here..." Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Brandon Doman of Active Minds says the award-winning display is part of the organization's effort to get people talking about mental health issues in an effort to reduce suicide rates. Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    "You know, if you break your arm and go to the doctor, nobody looks at you funny. But if you say you're struggling with depression, or something, there's still a little bit of stigma. And we want people to know that it's completely normal to talk about mental health." Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Donated in memory of loved ones who've taken their own lives, the exhibit is part of a 12-city California tour that concludes next Friday in San Francisco. Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Stories of a boy who was just months away from being named valedictorian and a girl described by friends as "always happy and smiling." Photo (c) Joe Michaels
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    Photo (c) Joe Michaels