NAMI Ending the Silence

Overview

NAMI Ending the Silence is a 50-minute presentation designed to give students an opportunity to learn about mental health conditions through an informative PowerPoint and short videos. The presentation educates students about the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and gives them ideas about how to help themselves, family members, or friends who may be in need of support. The program also includes personal testimony from a youth or young adult with lived experience about their journey in learning to cope with their mental health challenges.

Program Goals

Moving stories from positive role models have the power to change kids’ views. The discussion gives students the rare opportunity to ask questions about mental health challenges to people who have lived it. The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and their friends. It also teaches them it’s okay to talk about what they’re feeling. NAMI Ending the Silence covers:

  • Early warning signs
  • Facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions
  • When, where, and how to get help for themselves or their friends
  • When it’s not okay to keep a secret

Who Leads the Program

NAMI Ending the Silence is delivered by a trained two-person team, one of whom is a young adult with lived experience with a mental health condition. The young adult is at a place in his/her own journey where he/she is able to talk about their experiences in order to support other youth and young adults.

What People are Saying about the Program

“I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.” -Student

“It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.” -Teacher