NAMI In Our Own Voice

MODALITY: presentation

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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.

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)






1 Peer-Reviewed Publication

Study Types

Randomized Control Trial

Study Samples

156 Female US students (13-17 yrs old)

Major Findings

No immediate outcomes were found for students who participated in the In Our Own Voice intervention. However, at 4 and 8 weeks post intervention, adjusting for baseline scores of mental health literacy, level-of-contact, socioeconomic level, age, race, and grade, adolescents in the intervention group scored significantly higher on mental health literacy.

Published Studies