Ending the Silence
What is NAMI Ending the Silence?
Video by NAMI.org
Ending the Silence is a 50-minute presentation about mental health for middle and high school students, parents, or teachers and school staff. Audience members learn about mental health and mental health conditions from two presenters. The first presenter is an adult who shares an informational presentation. The second presenter is a young adult who shares their own story of living with mental health challenges while in school.
The presentation gives an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and learn more about an often-misunderstood topic. Contact with a young adult who experienced mental health challenges can powerfully change a student’s view of a common but stigmatized life experience. The message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and for their peers, whether by reaching out for help, encouraging a friend or family member to seek help or by reducing stigma.
The presentation for students is ideal for freshman or sophomore level health, science, or psychology classes. All NAMI programs are offered at no cost to participants.
What does Ending the Silence talk about?
- Signs and symptoms of mental illness
- 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