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Ending the Silence

Looking to Become a Speaker?

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. Stipend available for each presentation after being trained.

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.