For teachers, schools, and youth

Early intervention is key in getting youth and young adults the treatment they need. Caring and observant teachers, schools, parents, other caregivers, and peers are looking for ways to help. NAMI has developed programs and resources designed for teachers, parents, and peers to help not only understand the challenges of mental health conditions, but to address them with practical and empathetic approaches.


What is Ending the Silence?

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma. There are two versions of Ending the Silence, one geared toward middle school and high school students and one geared towards parents and caregivers of youth in middle school or high school.

Ending the Silence for Students

Understanding what it means to live with a mental health condition is critical for middle and high school students. 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. This 50-minute presentation is designed to not only raise awareness of mental health conditions but to reduce the stigma so that youth can seek help.

What students will learn:

  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness

  • Statistics on mental illness and its affect on middle and high school students

  • How to seek help for themselves or a friend

  • Recovery and coping strategies

  • Understanding mental illness and ways to reduce the stigma

  • Contact information for mental health agencies and youth support services

  • List of symptoms and warning signs of mental illness

Interested in bringing NAMI Ending the Silence for Students to your school?

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Ending the Silence for Families

50% of children ages 8-15 experiencing mental health conditions are not receiving the care and treatment they need - often because they are too embarrassed to talk about mental health or don’t know how to ask for help. Parents often don't know how to bring up this difficult subject with their children. This one-hour presentation empowers parents to recognize the warning signs, talk with their children, and get the help and support they need.

What families will learn:

  • Practical information about mental health conditions

  • How to recognize warning signs in children and teens

  • How to talk with your child or your child's friends

  • How to work with school staff

  • Four steps to early intervention

Interested in bringing NAMI Ending the Silence for Families to your PTA or other organization?

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What is NAMI Basics OnDemand?

NAMI Basics is an education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. The OnDemand program is guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. By participating in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement and empathy from people who truly get your situation. And don’t forget: Your experiences may also help others in the course. Together, you will all learn that recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

What you’ll learn:

  • The impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family

  • Different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies

  • An overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and resources to help you navigate these systems

  • How to advocate for your child's rights at school and in health care settings

  • How to prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.)

  • The importance of taking care of yourself 

  • Much, much more


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