NAMI NYC Presentations

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

We teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. Ending the Silence raises awareness and changes thinking about 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.

What is "Ending the Silence"?

Why Ending the Silence Matters

1 in 5

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


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

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’re interested in an Ending the Silence presentation for your school, or just want more information, get in touch.

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