Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental health issues makes a big difference. NAMI’s Ending the Silence (ETS) teaches students how to recognize early warning signs for themselves and their friends, where and how to get help, and when it’s not okay to keep a secret. The in-school presentation helps to raise awareness and change misconceptions of mental health disorders.
ETS is designed for middle and high school age youth and can fit into a 42/50 minute class period. Students will leave the presentation equipped with facts and statistics regarding youth and mental health. More importantly, they will hear personal testimony about the challenges and triumphs of living with a mental health diagnosis. Students will also have the rare opportunity to ask questions and have an informed dialogue with both a family member and an individual who are affected by mental illness.
Knowing how to start the conversation is an important part of maintaining one’s mental health, and ETS can empower students with this tool. The ETS program aims to instill a message of hope and recovery, to encourage and educate teens how to actively care for themselves and their peers, and to reduce the stigma that can block a young person’s path to wellness.
Learn more about ETS or download a one-page Ending the Silence flyer.
Ending the Silence Presenter Training (TRAINING IS FILLED)
Saturday, August 12, 2017
NAMI Montgomery County Office, Lansdale, PA
(TRAINING HAS BEEN FILLED. You may submit applications to be placed on a waiting list.) If you are interested in becoming a presenter for the ETS program please complete the PRESENTER TRAINING APPLICATION. Registrants must have application approved by a NAMI affiliate. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for the training. Deadline for submission is July 24.