Ending the Silence is a nationally-recognized in-school presentation about mental health. It is designed for middle to college students, teachers, parents, and members of our community. Audiences will learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.
The goal of the presentation is to raise awareness, change perceptions about mental health conditions, and provide local resources.
What is Ending the Silence?
- Free of cost to schools and communities
- NAMI Ending the Silence for Students:
50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that include warning signs of mental
illessand suicide, facts, and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend.
(Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help.)
- NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff:
1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts, and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families
- NAMI Ending the Silence for Families:
1-hour presentation for parents and primary caregivers that includes warning signs, facts, and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff
What the Audience Will Hear:
The audience will learn the science and impact of mental illness on youth as 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 the Audience 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 someone who is experiencing mental health problems.