Monthly Archives: October 2019

NAMI Ending The Silence

COMING SOON TO A SCHOOL NEAR YOU!

NAMI New Mexico, through are local affiliates, is thrilled to announce that we will soon be offering a wonderful new presentation program to students, staff and families to our local public schools – for free! NAMI Ending The Silence (ETS) is a NAMI National Signature program in which two presenters share important information about mental health that includes how to see the warning signs of mental illness, facts and statistics, and how to get help for yourself or a friend. One of the presenters will be a young adult who will share their journey of recovery.

The ETS program is designed to  help students, staff and families better understand mental illness. To that end, the ETS will be available in three “flavors:”

ETS for Students  is a 50-minute presentation for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and information on how to get help for themselves or their friends. ETS has been shown to be effective in changing students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and to reduce the stigma surrounding getting help.

“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

ETS for School Staff is a 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics related to mental health conditions. It includes information on how to approach and work with students and families when mental health is a concern.

“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

ETS for families is a 1-hour presentation for adults with children in middle or high school. The presentation includes discussions of warning signs, facts and statistics, and how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff.

“Amazing presentation with amazing presenters! You 100% erased any stigma I used to associate with mental illness.” -Family member

 

For more information, or to host a NAMI Ending the Silence Presentation at your school, contact our ETS Coordinator:

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