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Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence

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, emphasizing that mental illness is treatable and recovery is possible.

KidsMoving stories from positive role models have the power to change kids’ views. The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and their friends. It also teaches them it’s okay to talk about what they’re feeling. NAMI Ending the Silence covers:

  • Early warning signs
  • Facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions
  • When, where and how to get help for themselves or their friends
  • When it’s not okay to keep a secret

- See more at: NAMI National

Testimonials from Ending the Silence

The message was strong and powerful. The presentation was very relevant for our students. Thank you NAMI for continued support to area schools.

— L. Messinger MSW/LSW, Southwestern HS, Piasa, IL

Want to schedule an Ending the Silence Presentation? Contact our Executive Director

  • School administration and leadership can call the office or email NAMI SWI Executive Director, Jessica Gruneich at jessicagruneich@namiswi.org to schedule the program.
  • NAMI SWI Office, call (618) 798-9788 or Office email: info@namiswi.org

Ending the Silence: Prevention and early intervention are essential in helping people avoid serious mental illness.

Find additional information at NAMI National:
more about Ending the Silence Presentation

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Parents and Teachers as Allies

NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies

Parents and Teachers as Allies

Empowering teachers and school personnel to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students, NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies (PTA) opens the door for schools to make a difference.

Our free, on-site presentation is led by a team from your community consisting of a young adult with a mental health condition, a parent and a teacher.

  • Understand the difference between “bad behavior” and symptoms of a mental health condition.
  • Recognize early warning signs.
  • Communicate and partner with families effectively.
  • Link to community services quickly.
  • Create a supportive learning environment for all students.

With early identification and intervention, there is hope. Parents and Teachers as Allies

Want to schedule a Parents & Teachers as Allies Presentation? Contact our Executive Director

  • School administration and leadership can call the office or email NAMI SWI Executive Director, Jessica Gruneich at jessicagruneich@namiswi.org to schedule the program.
  • NAMI SWI Office, call (618) 798-9788 or Office email: info@namiswi.org

Find additional information at NAMI National:
more about Parents & Teachers as Allies