NAMI Ending the Silence

MODALITY: presentation

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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.

Rubric and Standards

Mental Health Literacy Components

Decreasing stigma

Understanding how to foster and maintain positive mental health

Understanding how to seek help effectively

Understanding mental health disorders and their treatments

High School Learning Standards

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

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

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

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


Program Material Cost



Classroom Presentation


Classrooms, health classes, school-wide assemblies, teacher professional development days, in-person or online

Grade Level(s)




Publication Types

2 Peer-Reviewed Publications

Study Types

1 Randomized Control Trial, 1 Quasi-Experimental Design

Study Samples

Country: US Sample Sizes: 206 and 932 Students Grade Levels: 9th to 12th Grade

Major Findings

NAMI Ending the Silence has been shown to be effective in improving high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and help-seeking.

Published Studies