NYC Metro Presentations

Helping middle and high school students understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental illness.

Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness tells her or his story about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.

Why Ending the Silence Matters

1 in 5

kids experiences a mental health condition; only 20% of them actually get help

50%

of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school

15-24

the age range for which suicide is the second-leading cause of death

How your students benefit

Moving stories from positive role models have the power to change peoples’ 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. It also teaches them it’s okay to talk about what they’re feeling.

If you are interested in scheduling an Ending the Silence presentation for your school, or would like more information, get in touch with support@naminyc.org.