NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps middle and high school aged 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.

NAMI Ending the Silence is offered in-person by NAMI affiliates across the country and is also now available online when an in-person presentation is not available.

NAMI Ending The Silence In Person

Ending the Silence is a free, evidence-based, 50-minute session designed for middle and high school students. Your students will learn about mental health conditions through a brief presentation, short videos, and personal testimony from a young adult who describes their journey to recovery.

NAMI 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.

NAMI Ending The Silence Online

The online version is identical to the in-person version, but offered exclusively via online video, accessible anytime through the NAMI Ending the Silence website. Note: The online version is only offered in situations where no local presenters are available.

What Your Audience Will Get

  • Free of cost to schools and communities
  • 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 School Staff (in person only): 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 (in person only): 1-hour presentation for adults with 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

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, Renee, 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

Schedule An Ending The Silence Presentation

If you would like to host an in person or virtual NAMI Ending the Silence presentation at your school or youth group visit today.

NAMI HelpLine is available M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. Call 800-950-6264,
text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).