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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.

Moving 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

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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 NAMI SWI Executive Director Kristine Gamm-Smith at or 618-798-9788

Additional Resources
Ending the Silence Flyer  Download Flyer
Ending the Silence outreach presentation (Power Point)
Ending the Silence outreach presentation (PDF)

Parents and Teachers as Allies

This program has been discontinued. NAMI is now offering Ending the Silence for School Staff and Ending the Silence for Families.
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