NAMI Signature Program
Ending the Silence is a nationally-recognized in-school presentation about mental health. It is designed for middle to college students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.
The goal of the presentation is raise awareness, change perceptions about mental health conditions, and provide local resources.
What to Expect:
- 25 minute – 1 hour* presentation at no cost.
- Designed for school students and typically offered in a health, science, or psychology class. This presentation can be done in any classroom or church setting.
- Led by a team of trained presenters including a young adult living in recovery from mental illness.
- Includes presenter stories, educational slides, videos, and discussion.
- *Length of presentation depends on time constrants determinted by the host (not speaker). 25 minutes is for the Power Point presentation by our Executive Director. Additional time is for any NAMI Wichita Falls young adults who are present to share their stories.
What Students Will Hear:
Your students can learn the science and impact of mental illness on youth well as concrete ways to use this knowledge. Topics covered include:
- Signs and symptoms of mental illness + suicide.
- Statistics on how mental illness affects youth.
- Personal perspectives on the experience of living with mental illness.
- Recovery and coping strategies.
- Ways to seek help for themselves or for a friend.
- Ways to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
What Students Will Receive:
Resources they can use if mental illness enters their lives, including:
- Cards with contact information for mental health agencies and youth support services.
- A list of symptoms/warning signs of mental illness.
- Recommendations on how to help a friend who is experiencing mental health problems.