Ending the Silence
Ending the Silence is a fifty-minute in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school and middle school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.
Students will learn about the biological basis and impact of mental illness on youth well, as concrete ways to use this knowledge. Topics include the signs and symptoms of mental illness, recovery and coping strategies, ways to seek help for themselves or a friend, and more.
The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and 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.
For more information about this program and to schedule a presentation please call the NAMI Westchester office at 914-592-5458.