NAMI Ending the Silence


NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental illness. NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include a lead presenter who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

What Your Audience Will Get

  • Free of cost to schools and communities
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50- or 90-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for parents and primary caregivers that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff

Why Ending the Silence Matters

What People are Saying

“I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.” -Student

“It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.” -Teacher


Meet Our Team

Laurie Pepe is a NAMI Ending the Silence state trainer, lead presenter/coordinator, and a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group facilitator. She is dual degree professional with a BA in Psychology and an A.A.S in Marketing/Merchandising from F.I.T. Laurie has worked within the behavioral health system primarily with transition aged youth, but also with adults for many years. Read more

Nicholas Emeigh has had plenty of experience with mental health and addiction as an adolescent and young adult, and joined NAMI Bucks County’s Ending the Silence team as a speaker in 2017. He is passionate about sharing his story and works as a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group facilitator to ensure that those with shared experiences do not feel the shame and stigma he experienced. Read more

Rohan Sharma is a young adult speaker for the “Ending the Silence” program. Diagnosed as a Bipolar Type 1. He now shares his story with middle and high school students as an example of what happens when you don’t speak up and get help for your mental health issues. Read more


Schedule an Ending the Silence Presentation

If you would like to host a NAMI Ending the Silence presentation at your school, venue, or community event, please complete and submit the request form below or call 1-866-399-NAMI (6264).
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