The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with serious mental illness and their families.
NAMI Ending the Silence is a free presentation led by 2 presenters: one lead presenter shares an informative presentation about mental health and a young adult presenter shares their personal story of living with a mental health condition, followed by Q&A.
The presentation can be adapted for three audiences: students, school staff, and families, and has been shown to is effective in improving middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help, both immediately after the presentation and after 4-6 weeks.
Presentations are typically held at the school, but can also be conducted virtually if need be. Volunteers are needed to help lead the presentations.
Lead Presenter Volunteer Responsibilities and Requirements:
Complete an online training and in-person/virtual half day training with the Program and Outreach Coordinator.
Must be a family member or person with a mental health condition, and over 18 years of age
Comfortable being out in the community and with public speaking, or have a willingness to learn
General, working knowledge of mental illness and NAMI’s mission; Fact sheets and talking points will be provided
Young Adult Presenter Responsibilities and Requirements
Must be between 18-35 years of age
Personal experience having a mental health condition and living well in recovery
Comfortable with public speaking and sharing personal mental health journey in a school setting
Complete an online training and in-person/virtual half-day training with the Program and Outreach Coordinator
About National Alliance on Mental Illness Metropolitan Baltimore
6600 York Road, Suite 204, Baltimore, MD 21212, US
We are a grassroots, family oriented support, education, and advocacy organization dedicated to empowering families to improve the lives of people living with mental illnesses and to eradicating stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Educates, supports and advocates families and individuals dealing with a mental illness. NAMI has 1,500 local and state affiliates and 230,000 members in the United States.