What is Ending the Silence (ETS)?
Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 50-minute mental health awareness program for high school age youth. Teens learn how to recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs. NAMI Ending the Silence instills a message of hope and recovery and encourages teens to reduce stigma and end the silence surrounding mental illness.
Presented in health, science or psychology classes, youth groups, clubs, and after-school programs, Ending the Silence (ETS) includes presenter stories, educational slides, videos, and discussion. You will provide teens with resources and tools to help themselves, friends or family members who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
*The program is delivered by a trained two-person team: A PowerPoint Presenter and a Young Adult Speaker (ages 18-30) sharing their own journey.
It varies, but an active volunteer often gives 1 presentation / month
How do you become an Ending the Silence (ETS) Volunteer?
- Step 1: Fill out a Volunteer Application
- Step 2: Complete a Volunteer Interview
- Step 3: Meet ETS Coordinator
- Step 3: Clear Two Personal References
- Step 4: Attend a Volunteer Information Session
- Experience presenting on mental health and suicide prevention in a school setting!
- Learn about Behavioral Health and the many resources available to San Diego County!
- Improve your own skill set through effective communication and public speaking!
- Utilize your passion and experience in a meaningful and impactful way!
Volunteering with NAMI San Diego is more than just another opportunity. It is becoming a part of the Mental Health Community! With your support we can show that "It’s OK to talk about Mental Illness"
Apply Here: https://namisandiego.org/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/volunteer-application/
- Mental Health
- Public Speaking
- Youth Services
- Community Outreach
- Counseling / Mental Health
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Varies (Min. 1 / month)
- Must have reliable transportation, willing to travel, and enjoys public speaking.