NAMI Ending the Silence
About Mental Illness
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person\'s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
What is Recovery?
Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.
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
Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.
Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. Moving stories from positive role models have the power to change kids’ views. The discussion gives students the rare opportunity to ask questions about mental health challenges to people who have lived it. The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and their friends.
Why Ending the Silence Matters
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Where We've Been
NAMI Bucks County's Ending the Silence team presents at any public, private, parochial, alternative or charter school in Bucks County, PA. It was our honor to have presented to audiences at the following locations:
Abington High School
Armstrong Middle School
Bensalem High School
Boys Latin Middle School
Bucks Learning Academy
BucksMont Learning Academy
Cecilia Snyder Middle School
Central Bucks High School East
Central Bucks High School South
Central Bucks Middle School
Eugene Klinger Middle School
FDR Middle School
Harry S Truman High School
Holicong Middle School
Holland Middle School
Lenape Middle School
Milford Middle School
Moorestown School District
MY LIFE Bucks County
New Hope Academy
New Hope-Solebury Cares
New Hope-Solebury Middle School
New Hope Solebury High School
Newtown Middle School
Palisades High School
Palisades Middle School
Parkway Central Library
Pennridge High School
Pennsbury High School
Richboro Middle School
Snyder Girotti Elementary School
Southampton Community Center
Tamanend Middle School
Tohickon Middle School
Unami Middle School
Upper Elementary School
Venice Ashby Community Center
Thank you so much for coming in again to Palisades high school!! We always love having you ! The students were so engaged and benefited from hearing your stories and be able to feel like they can relate and are not alone ! Thanks for helping break the stigma and can’t wait to have you back again next year!
Lauren Rood, Teacher - Palisades School District
Thank you so much for coming and meeting with our students! They (and we) really appreciate your time and the love you put into your work.
Laurie Zila, Teacher - Newtown Middle School, Council Rock School District
We just wanted to thank you, as well as Nick and Rohan, for coming to Palisades. Your presentation is so valuable to our students and we are very appreciative. We will be in touch to set up presentations for the spring soon.
Chris Hastie and Lauren Rood, Teachers - Palisades School District
On behalf of the fun camp, we would like to thank NAMI for speaking to our campers about mental health. We really enjoyed all of the presenters and presentation. The children were so attentive and asked so many questions. On top of that, there were various highlights in your presentation such as, M&M Feelings Activity, Discussion Questions, NAMI Man, Rohan’s personal story and rap. We appreciate you making time for us in your busy schedule! On August 10th, we will have a showcase at 11 am. During our showcase, the campers will present what they have learned throughout the summer. If your schedule allows, we would love for you, NAMI Man & team to join us on this day.
Thank you once again!!
Chrissy McKinney, Teacher - Venice Ashby Community Center, Summer Fun Camp
Thank you so much for coming out this week. Our kids and school are a better place because of the education you and your staff have provided for them. I have seen the program really evolve over the years and we are so thankful to have it here at Tamanend. I sincerely appreciate you sharing your stories and the content of the presentation with the classes.
Mike Schaefer, Teacher - Tamanend Middle School
Thank you for taking the time and presenting to our students. I know that it impacted many of our students in a positive way. They know now that they are not alone and there is help out there for them! I have to say that we have been getting a lot of positive feedback from the students.
Lisa B. Wagner, Teacher - Pennridge High School
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