NAMI Ending the Silence
This evidence based program is presented in middle and high school classrooms or an assembly. It features first-hand experience from a person living with a mental health condition. The program stresses recognizing the signs of mental health conditions and suicide warning signs and what to do if a student recognizes this in him/herself or a classmate. Helpline/Crisis pocket cards and a trusted adult list of professionals for the particular school in which the program is being presented are given to each student. This program is also geared to teachers, staff and parents. Please contact our office to schedule a presentation. Office@namiqn.org
Because Mental Health Matters
College is an exciting time. From being away from home and finding independence to meeting new people and trying new things, every day brings new experiences. There is also a new level of academic responsibility. Classes are harder and there is always a due date on the horizon. Balancing all of the changes that happen in college can be stressful and challenging.
Those challenges are even more difficult for the 1 in 5 students who also face a mental health condition. Nearly three-quarters of mental health conditions emerge by age 24, so many college students are facing mental health concerns for the first time, and may not know where to go for support.
NAMI knows that some of the best support a student can receive is from peers. When students connect with one another, they can share common experiences and support each other through the transitions. NAMI on Campus helps make those connections happen.
NAMI on Campus clubs work to end the stigma that makes it hard for students to talk about mental health and get the help they need. Clubs hold creative meetings, hold innovative awareness events, and offer signature NAMI programs through partnerships with NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates across the nation.
Why NAMI on Campus?
NAMI on Campus clubs are student-led, student-run mental health organizations on college campuses. NAMI on Campus clubs:
- Raise mental health awareness with fairs, walks and candlelit vigils.
- Educate the campus with presentations, guest speakers and student panels.
- Advocate for improved mental health services and policies on campus.
- Support peers with signature NAMI programs and training from NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates.
As a member of a NAMI on Campus club, you will belong to the largest grassroots mental health organization in America. Club leaders have access to the staff, resources, opportunities and support that comes with being part of this national movement, including opportunities beyond your college years.
Starting a Club
First check to see if a club already exists at your school. If not, don’t worry, starting a NAMI on Campus club at your school is easy!
Breaking the Silence – Teaching the Next Generation about Mental Illness
Breaking the Silence (BTS) is an educational program for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. Lesson Plans with, stories, games, and posters, put a human face on mental illness and confront the myths that reinforce the silence. BTS is committed to educating all students about mental illness; combating stigma, teaching the warning signs, encouraging open discussion, and promoting help seeking behavior.
To learn more about how to bring BTS to your community visit btslessonplans.org