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Ending the Silence


Ending the Silence is a 50-minute in-school presentation about mental health designed for middle and high school students. Students learn about mental illness from two individuals: one who is a family member of a person living with mental illness and the other a young adult who experienced symptoms of mental illness while they were in school.

The presentation is ideal for freshman/sophomore health, science, or psychology classes and is offered at no cost.

Topics include:

  • 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

The presentation’s 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. Contact with a positive role model, in the form of the young adult presenter, can powerfully change a student’s view of a common but stigmatized life experience. The discussion portion gives students a rare opportunity to ask questions and learn personal truths about mental illness.

To schedule a presentation or to apply to become a presenter, contact (513) 351-3500 or email

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