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Mental Health Literacy Component Inventory

Understanding how to foster and maintain positive mental health: ADDRESSED

Understanding mental health disorders and their treatments: ADDRESSED

Decreasing stigma: ADDRESSED

Understanding how to seek help effectively: ADDRESSED


Learning Standard Inventory

Based on learning standards provided by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Compare & contrast emotional, mental + behavioral illness, mental well-being and concurrent disorders


Identify school and community resources that can help a person with emotional, mental and behavioral health concerns

Describe how self-harm or suicide impacts other people

Explain how to help someone who is thinking about attempting suicide


Describe laws related to minors accessing mental health care

Advocate for reducing stigma associated with emotional and mental and behavioral health





NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging, educational presentation given by presenters with mental health lived experiences, that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if a student or loved one begins showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Materials, Evidence and Implementation


Resources/Materials:   Handouts for each presentation: Student Resource Card, Families Handout, and School Staff Handout; Ending the Silence Teacher Resource Guide; Student-made videos. Trained presenters receive

training guides as part of their training.
Fidelity Measure: Post-presentation evaluations. All presenters across the country receive the same training
Student learning measure: Yes, Q&A and post-presentation evaluation


- 1 study (non-empirical)
- Program Evaluation
- 932 students
- NAMI Ending the Silence is effective in changing
high school students’ knowledge and attitudes
toward mental health conditions and toward


•Program Material Cost:  Free
•Modality: Presentation

•Setting: Classrooms, health classes, school-wide assemblies, teacher professional development days, in-person or online
•Grade level(s): Middle and HS Students
•Who delivers the program:  People with mental health lived experiences.
•Qualifications/Training needed?: Yes

•Training Description: Training is handled by NAMI. No training needs at the school. 
•Virtual option? Yes
•Length: Ending the Silence for Students – 50 minutes. Ending the Silence for Families and Ending the Silence for School Staff – 1 hour


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