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Empowering Education Professionals 

Teacher and Student

NAMI Ending the Silence for Educators is a free 1 to 2-hour mental health education in-service for school professionals to help them better understand the emotional and behavioral difficulties that may be early warning signs of mental health concerns in children and adolescents in their classrooms. The in-service also provides tips on how to intervene once the symptoms are recognized and suggestions on how  to communicate with the parents and caregivers of the students to achieve the best possible outcome. 

Our free, on-site presentation is led by a team from your community consisting of a young adult with a mental health condition, a parent and a teacher. The presentation will share how to:

  • Understand the difference between “bad behavior” and symptoms of a mental health condition.

  • Recognize early warning signs.

  • Communicate and partner with families effectively.

  • Link to community services quickly.

  • Create a supportive learning environment for all students.

Why Your School Needs NAMI Ending the Silence for Educators

  • 1 in 5 kids experiences a mental health condition, but only 20% of them actually receive services.

  • About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out.

  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.​

​"This program gave me a new understanding of the importance of my role in early recognition of kids with symptoms of mental illness and the urgency of early intervention on their behalf."
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