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NAMI Bucks ETS Presents at Lenape Middle School

Original post: February 24, 2018

Presentations from February 20-21, 2018

Laurie, Vicki, Rohan, and Nick spoke to students at Lenape Middle School in Doyestown, PA about stopping the stigma surrounding mental illness by reinforcing the fact that mental illness is an illness not unlike any other and that everyone has mental health.  The team was able to demonstrate that mental illness is nothing to be feared and spoke about coping skills such as singing, photography, poetry, graphic design, art, cake decorating, and rapping.  Laurie spoke of the various types of treatment available, where to go for help when needed, and that it’s okay to ask for that help.  The students were able to understand that our presenters were able to live full, productive lives while living with a mental health condition.  Most students agreed that they knew the early warning signs of mental illness, knew how to help themselves or a friend, were comfortable talking about mental illness, understood that mental illness is not unlike a medical illness, and that mental illness is no one’s fault.  Here is some of the feedback we received from the students (actual quotes):

  • “I liked how real it felt like you aren’t alone in anything.  Thank you!”
  • “My favorite part were the stories they told and Nick talking about his mental health.”
  • “I liked how I was able to relate with ‘Vicky’ (Vicki) in at least a few ways.”
  • “I liked how ‘Lori’ (Laurie) was sure of herself.  It made me feel like she was trustworthy.”
  • “I like how the presenters actually have mental illnesses showing that they actually know how it feels.  They were speaking from experience and I liked that”
  • “Talking to and listening to someone who experiences mental illness helped me understand a first hand point of view.”
  • “The personal stories put things into perspective for me.  I thought they were very real and made me feel safe.  This presentation was much needed (heart) Thank you!”
  • “I liked how up front & ‘nonwitholding’ you guys are.  It’s important to not sugar coat.  Super cool (heart)”
  • “I liked how truthful and ‘relateable’ (relatable) it was!”
  • “I liked watching the videos that connected these issues to the real world.”
  • “I liked how it was personal and honest.  Also, that they were willing to share their experience.  I think it was important to learn and talk about.”
  • “I loved hearing the personal stories and how you were brave enough to share.  I appreciate the presentation.”
  • “I’m glad that there is a great program that can help people with mental health issues.”
  • “They were very clear and great at the presentation.”
  • “I liked that the presenters included the audience. Both were super awesome!  I really enjoyed it!”
  • “I liked how personal the speakers were.  It was incredible!”
  • “I liked people sharing their personal stories.”
  • “I liked how realistic it felt.  Great job!  Keep doing what you do! :)”
  • “I loved the presentation with all the photos!”
  • “I liked how the videos were showing that mental illnesses are nothing to be ashamed of.  They did a good job at sharing their stories and reminding us that we are not alone.”
  • “Great informational presentation.”
  • “It’s okay to not be okay!”
  • “I liked the personal stories provided.  They were outstanding!”
  • “Thank you for your stories!”
  • “Nobody is alone.”
  • “The stories were the most impactful and the best part.  Don’t change a thing.  Very ‘insperational’ (inspirational).”
  • “#No such thing as normal.”
  • “I like that the speakers kept it more like a conversation and less like a speech.”
  • “Speak out about your mental health.  Don’t keep secrets.”
  • “Mental illness is no one’s fault.”
  • “#itsnotyourfault – as someone who struggles with mental health, I’d like to say it isn’t a joke.”
  • “It stops people from thinking mental illness isn’t important and it’s not okay to joke about.”
  • “Not every day is a good day and that’s okay.”
  • “It’s okay if you don’t like me.  Not everyone has good taste! (heart) :)”
  • “#beYOUtiful #speak #it’sokay,totallyokay,nottofeelokay #yougotthis #youreenough”
  • “I liked Nick’s story because it personalized the presentation.”
  • “I liked when Nick talked about his story because it made the information very real and I also liked the celebrities with mental illness.”
  • “#Iunderstand #Ihaveanxiety”
  • “I liked the recovery and the solution.”
  • “I liked the personal encounters and the thoughts of a mentally ill person because it helps me understand.”
  • “Please make this longer.  More time would’ve been nice.”
  • “I liked Nick and Vicki being able to talk to us.”
  • “I liked that Nick wasn’t afraid to talk about himself.”
  • “I liked the celebrity part to show we can overcome it.”
  • “People ‘succeed’ for those who came out about it.”
  • “I liked that Vicky (Vicki) and Nick were honest about what they deal with on a day to day basis.”
  • “I like when Nick talked about how he turned his life around.”

Thank you to the students and faculty of Lenape Middle School for your continued support.

  • More information on Ending the Silence in Bucks County schools here
  • Meet our team here
  • More Bucks ETS News and Events here

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Laurie & Teacher

Laurie & Teacher

Nick & Vicki

Nick & Vicki

Vicki Presenting

Vicki Presenting

Vicki

Vicki

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