Programs for youth, schools, or other youth-serving organizations

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.

NAMI Ending the Silence

Students During Break

Offered by request for schools or any youth-serving organization or group.

NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is a presentation that helps youth 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. The presentation includes 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.

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

  • And more!

NAMI Basics OnDemand

For parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms.

NAMI Basics OnDemand 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. If you have a child or teen displaying signs of a mental health or behavioral concern, or if you already have a diagnosis, this program is for you. The OnDemand program is guided by parents and family members with lived experience and is self-paced and available 24/7.

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

  • The importance of taking care of yourself

Offered online by NAMI on demand and at your own pace.