Ending the Silence Presentations

NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students, parents, caregivers, and teachers about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs, and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.

These free, evidence-based, 50-minute sessions teach about mental health conditions through a brief presentation, short videos, and personal testimony from a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery.

What Your Audience Will Get

  • Free of cost to schools and communities
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that 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
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff

Request an Ending the Silence Presentation

Interested in a presentation for a different audience? Let us know! Our presenters are very flexible and our material can be adapted to suit a variety of audiences. If we don’t feel Ending the Silence is the right fit for your needs, we can direct you to another program that may better address the demographics of your group.

What People Are Saying

Thank you, for coming to my school and sharing your story. You have changed my life forever. The things you explained about your depression relate to how I feel. When I got home, I immediately talked to my parents and hopefully I will get some help.


I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.


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.


Recently parents from two different families reached out to me after their children had seen NAMI Ending the Silence. Both were thanking me for the work we do along with being grateful to know about us as a resource. They were able to have very meaningful and open conversations with their children/students and happy they are getting this information in the school setting.

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Request A NAMI Seattle Presentation

We greatly appreciate requests submitted at least 4 weeks prior to your requested date(s). While we will make every effort to accommodate requests with a shorter turnaround, we may not be able to fill all requests. Please contact Katie Mahoney, our Program Manager, with any questions.

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