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NAMI Ending The Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about mental health. 

During COVID-19, presentations are held virtually on Zoom. 

NAMI Ending the Silence covers:

  • Early warning signs
  • Facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions
  • When, where and how to get help for themselves or a loved one

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.

To learn more or schedule a FREE presentation for your school, parent group, or organization, please contact Julia Barragan, NAMI Youth Mental Health Program Coordinator at or call the NAMI Warmline at (866) 960-6264  

ETS for Students

This 50-minute presentation is designed for middle and high school students and 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.

ETS for Families

This 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth includes early warning signs, facts, how to talk with your child about mental health, and how to work with school staff and healthcare professionals to get support.

ETS for School Staff

This 1-hour presentation for school staff members includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families.

Why Ending The Silence Matters

  • 1 in 5 kids experience a mental health condition; only 20% of them actually get help
  • About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school
  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds
  • The earlier the better: early identification and intervention provides better outcomes

What People Are Saying

“I learned that it’s okay to ask for help from others. This presentation made me feel less alone.”-11th Grade Student in Santa Rosa

“I have always felt as if I knew about mental health, but Ending the Silence taught me information I didn’t know. It was an amazing experience. Thank you to Julia at NAMI for giving this presentation to my classmates and I. This is something I will remember forever.” -8th Grade Student in Cloverdale

“What I liked best was hearing the Young Adult Presenter’s story about her own mental health because people don’t often tell their mental health story. Her story taught me there is hope.” -9th Grade Student in Petaluma

“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

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