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NAMI In Our Own Voice
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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


Describe laws related to minors accessing mental health care


Explain how to help someone who is thinking about attempting suicide



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


NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Materials, Evidence and Implementation


•Resources/Materials: Videos, handouts
•Fidelity Measure: No
•Student learning measure: Yes (post presentation evaluation)


- 1 Study (peer reviewed)
- 156 Female US Students
- Adjusting for baseline scores of mental health literacy, level-of-contact, socioeconomic level, age, race, and grade, adolescents in the intervention group did not score significantly different than those in the control group in mental health literacy immediately after the intervention (95% CI = −.76–2.68, p=.27). However, when controlling for the same covariates at 4 and 8 weeks post intervention, adolescents in the intervention group did score significantly higher on mental health literacy (95% CI=.71–3.53, p=.03). Additionally, there were no significant differences between groups for mental illness stigma at any time point.


•Program Material Cost: Free
•Modality: Presentation -- any platform

•Setting: Classrooms, health classes, school-wide assemblies, teacher professional development days, in-person or online 
•Grade level(s): Elementary and up
•Who delivers the program: People with lived experiences of mental health concerns
•Qualifications/Training needed?: Yes (for NAMI presenters)

•Training Description: NAMI trains presenters, no training needs at the school
•Virtual option?: Yes
•Length: 1, 60-90 min presentation



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