NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is a free prevention and early intervention mental health education program that engages youth, school staff, and families in a discussion about mental health and suicide based on real-life experiences.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with lived experience 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.

NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help

NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families

NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff

NAMI In Our Own Voice

A program offering personal testimonials from individuals living with mental health challenges who are in recovery. The program is a prime vehicle for NAMI Connecticut’s outreach and education to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness.

This presentation provides:

  • An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
  • A chance to ask leaders questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions
  • The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals
  • Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community

NAMI Sharing Hope

A program that aims to decrease mental health stigma and explores the journey of mental wellness in Black and Latinx communities through dialogue, storytelling and a guided discussion.

Topics explored, include:

  • Youth and Mental Wellness: “How Do You Heal?”
  • Community Leaders and Mental Wellness: “The Art of Healing”
  • Black Families and Mental Wellness: “Smiling On Our Journey”

NAMI Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement

A presentation program that prepares individuals and family members to share their stories of lived experience to a law enforcement audience. Presenters provide an opportunity for officers to hear about someone who experienced being in crisis and may have interacted with law enforcement as a result but is now living well with a mental health condition.

Additionally, this program is utilized to prepare speakers for the Crisis Intervention Training for first responders, a program developed by the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE).

NAMI Connecticut offers customized professional presentations and in-service programs to meet the needs of a specific organization. While most of our programs are no-cost to the community, depending upon the time involved, a professional fee may be required.

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