In person programs are currently suspended. Please consult our calendar for online programs.
NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging 50-minute presentation for middle & high-school aged youth. It 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.
Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.
See what people have to say about Ending the Silence in the video below:
What People Are Saying
“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.” -Student
"Thank you, Renee, 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." -Student
“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.” -Teacher
"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." -ETS Program Leader
NAMI CVA is scheduling presentations at schools & youth groups around the area. If you would like to schedule a presentation, contact Program Coordinator Jeff Conley by calling 804-285-1749 or emailing Jeff.email@example.com
If you are interested in becoming a part of Ending the Silence as either a lead presenter (a person in recovery or a family member of someone in recovery) or a young adult with lived experience of mental illness, free training is provided! Proper screening and approval is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on getting involved.