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Ending the Silence

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We are currently looking for facilitators for Ending the Silence. If you are interested, and especially if you are between the ages of 18 – 35, and in recovery, please fill out an application.

Read more about the Presentation below and apply to be a volunteer. Please mention that you want to be an Ending the Silence presenter in the application.

What is Ending the Silence?

NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.

What to Expect

  • A fifty-minute presentation is free of cost
  • Designed for high school students and typically offered in a freshman/sophomore health, science or psychology class
  • 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

What Students Will Hear

A Toolkit of Practical Information

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
  • 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

An Empowered View of a Misunderstood Topic

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 their views 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.

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

Schedule a Presentation

To schedule a presentation, please fill out the application form here. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 360-695-2823.