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Ending the Silence


NAMI Geauga County is proud to offer this in-school presentation to all Geauga County secondary schools. We will bring the slide show and panel presentation, to your classroom. Your students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.

The presentation is a forty-minute presentation that is free of cost and designed for high school students. It is typically offered in a freshman/sophomore health, science or psychology class and is led by a team of trained presenters including a young adult living in recovery from mental illness. A trained family member will present stories, educational slides, videos and discussion; signs and symptoms of mental illness; statistics on how mental illness affects youth. A member in recovery will give personal perspectives on the experience of living with mental illness; recovery and coping strategies; ways to seek help for themselves or for a friend; ways to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Your students can learn the science and impact of mental illness on youth well as concrete ways to use this knowledge. Topics covered include: an empowered view of a misunderstood topic, a message of empathy and hope that encourages students to actively care for themselves and for their peers, whether by reaching out for help, encouraging a friend or family member to seek help or by reducing stigma. You students will have contact with a positive role model, in the form of the young adult presenter, that can powerfully change their views of a common but stigmatized life experience. The discussion portion gives students a rare opportunity to ask questions and learn personal truths about mental illness.

Your students will receive resources they can use if mental illness enters their lives, including: cards with contact information for mental health agencies and youth support services, a list of symptoms/warning signs of mental illness, recommendations on how to help a friend who is experiencing mental health problems.

Request a presentation call 440-286-6264 or email .

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