NAMI Queens/Nassau does many presentations throughout the communities of Queens and Nassau Counties to end stigma and educate our communities.
Breaking the Silence – Teaching the Next Generation about Mental Illness
Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a nationwide educational program for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. Educational packets with lessons, 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
Let’s Talk Mental Illness
Let’s Talk Mental Illness™ (LTMI) is an interactive classroom or assembly presentation for middle and high school students to learn about mental illness and experience a first-hand inspirational mental health success story. Students gain insight that proper support from helping professionals, friends and loved ones can lead to good outcomes when faced with mental illness.
Why Let’s Talk Mental Illness Matters
Given that suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 15 to 24 and that half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by the age of 14, high school and middle school is the perfect age to begin a positive conversation about mental health, mental illness and stigma.
What is mental illness?
– Prevalence and symptoms
– Facts and statistics
A story of recovery and resilience
Living and thriving with diagnosis
– Regimen of medication, psychiatry, and psychotherapy
– Relaxation techniques, diet, exercise, friendships, family, faith…
The importance of seeking help for self and others
Ending the stigma
What People are Saying
“The presentation showed me that a lot of people have mental illnesses and there are ways to get help for it,”
– Lynbrook HS student
“I am diagnosed with anxiety and I feel more comfortable to talk about it and seek help,”
– Jericho HS student.
“I was watching the faces of students in the room who I have worked with that have been diagnosed with a mental illness. I could just sense the relief they must have been feeling,”
– Social Worker, East Meadow HS Peer Leaders.
For more information on scheduling and fees email: BTS@namiqn.org
NAMI Ending the Silence
Helping students understand mental illness makes a big difference. NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.
Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. NAMI Queens/Nassau does not currently have this program. We are eager to serve our community, if you have an interest in this program please contact us at : Office@namiqn.org
What You Should Expect
- Fifty-minute presentation is free of cost.
- Designed for high school students and typically offered in a freshman/sophomore health, science or psychology class.
- Led by a team of trained presenters including a young adult living in recovery from mental illness.
- Includes presenter stories, educational slides, videos and discussion.
What Your Students Will Hear
A Toolkit Of Practical Information
Your students can learn the science and impact of mental illness on youth well as concrete ways to use this knowledge. Topics covered include:
- Signs and symptoms of mental illness.
- Statistics on how mental illness affects youth.
- Personal perspectives on the experience of living with mental illness.
- Recovery and coping strategies.
- Ways to seek help for themselves or for a friend.
- Ways to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
An Empowered View Of A Misunderstood Topic
The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and for their peers, whether by reaching out for help, encouraging a friend or family member to seek help or by reducing stigma. Contact with a positive role model, in the form of the young adult presenter, can powerfully change their views of a common but stigmatized life experience. The discussion portion gives students a rare opportunity to ask questions and learn personal truths about mental illness.
What Your Students Will Receive
Resources they can use if mental illness enters their lives, including:
- Cards with contact information for mental health agencies and youth support services.
- A list of symptoms/warning signs of mental illness.
Recommendations on how to help a friend who is experiencing mental health problems.
NAMI Queens/Nassau does not currently have this program. We are eager to serve our community, if you have an interest in this program please contact our office: Office@namiqn.org
NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies
Empowering teachers and school personnel to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students, NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies (PTA) opens the door for schools to make a difference.
Our free, on-site presentation is led by a team from your community consisting of a young adult with a mental health condition, a parent and a teacher. Our 90-minute program will share how to:
- Understand the difference between “bad behavior” and symptoms of a mental health condition.
- Recognize early warning signs.
- Communicate and partner with families effectively.
- Link to community services quickly.
- Create a supportive learning environment for all students.
Why Your School Needs NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies
- 1 in 5 kids experiences a mental health condition, but only 20% of them actually receive services.
- About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out.
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
With early identification and intervention, there is hope.
What People are Saying
“PTA gave me a new understanding of the importance of my role in early recognition of kids with symptoms of mental illness and the urgency of early intervention on their behalf." – Education professional
"My sister lives with schizophrenia but was so good at hiding it for many years. Few people out there understand what to look for. Thank you for the work you do in creating support for families and improving awareness for educators. What you are doing is extremely important." – Education professional
Schedule a Presentation
The NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies presentation isn't currently available but please contact our office: Office@namiqn.org to bring it to your community.
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!