NAMI Ending the Silence

For Teens, ages 13-18 with Mental Health Conditions, Parents of Teens, and School Staff

NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 50- to 75-minute prevention and early intervention presentation that engages youth, parents, or school staff in a discussion about mental health. Teens and others learn how to recognize the early warning signs of mental health conditions and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs. In addition, contact with a person living well with a mental health condition dispels myths, instills a message of hope and recovery and encourages participants to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

This program is delivered by a two-person team, including a young adult who relates well to teens and who shares their own journey of recovery with a mental health condition. ETS provides youth with the unique opportunity to learn about mental health directly from family members and people living with a mental health condition. Teens are able to talk directly to presenters who have experience with mental health conditions. In addition, by engaging them in a discussion about mental health among their peers, teens dealing with mental health issues realize they are not alone.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Presentations for parents or school staff are slightly modified for different audiences. For more information about school presentations in your area, contact Eric at the NAMI Utah office, 801.869.2877, or