NAMI NYC Presentations

Due to COVID-19, we are offering Ending the Silence via Zoom.

Helping middle and high school students understand mental illness makes a big difference in their lives.

NAMI Ending the Silence is a presentation designed for middle and high school students, school staff, and parents or guardians of middle or high school aged youth. Learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, how to recognize the early warning signs, and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.

What Your Audience Will Get

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations are free of charge to schools and the community. The presentation include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. You can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

NAMI Ending the Silence for Students

50-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 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, guardians, and other family members of middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff.

Ending the Silence for Families
Join us Tuesday October 20 from 4 to 5pm ET
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What People Are Saying

“I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.” – Student

“Thank you for coming to my school and sharing your story. You have changed my life forever. The things you explained about your depression relate to how I feel. When I got home, I immediately talked to my parents and hopefully I will get some help.” – Student

“It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.” – Teacher

“Recently parents from two different families reached out to me after their children had seen NAMI Ending the Silence. Both were thanking me for the work we do along with being grateful to know about us as a resource. They were able to have very meaningful and open conversations with their children/students and happy they are getting this information in the school setting.” – ETS Program Leader

Why Ending the Silence Matters

1 in 5

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

50%

of students ages 14+ with mental health issues will drop out

15 to 24

is the age range when suicide is the second-leading cause of death

If you’re interested in an Ending the Silence presentation, or want more information, get in touch.

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.

What is "Ending the Silence"?

Two NAMI-NYC "Ending the Silence" presenters talk about their own mental health journeys

If you’re interested in an Ending the Silence presentation, or want more information, get in touch.