Ending the Silence

Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that 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.

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About This Program

NAMI Ending the Silence is an evidence-based program. The presentation includes two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. This presentation includes educational slides, videos, and discussion. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

This free 50-minute presentation is designed for middle and high school students, school staff, and/or adult family members of students.

Joining NAMI Vermont as an Ending the Silence presenter is a paid opportunity!

About This Program

What You Will Gain

How to Register

NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence

What Your Students Will Learn:

  • The science and impact of mental illness on youth as well as concrete ways to use this knowledge
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • That people with mental illness can live full lives
  • Recovery and coping strategies
  • How to speak up for themselves or a friend
  • How to reduce stigma around mental illness

Ending the Silence for School Staff

NAMI Ending the Silence

What School Staff Will Learn:

  • The science and impact of mental illness on youth as well as concrete ways to use this knowledge
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • That people with mental illness can live full lives
  • Recovery and coping strategies
  • How to talk to students and their families about mental illness
  • How to help students exhibiting symptoms
  • How to reduce stigma around mental illness

Ending the Silence for Families

NAMI Ending the Silence

What Families Will Learn:

  • The science and impact of mental illness on youth as well as concrete ways to use this knowledge
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • That people with mental illness can live full lives
  • Recovery and coping strategies
  • How to talk to school staff about youth mental health
  • How to help their middle or high school-age family member
  • How to reduce stigma around mental illness
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Schedule

Schedule an Ending the Silence Presentation or Train to be an Ending the Silence Presenter

For more information, contact NAMI Vermont at (800) 639-6480 or email[email protected]

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Introducing ‘The Loudest Bork’ Competition!

Join NAMI Vermont in our quest to find the perfect pet ambassador for the ‘Make Some Noise. End the Silence VT’ campaign. This social media campaign aims to engage and encourage young people living with mental health conditions to share their stories as part of our impactful Ending the Silence (ETS) program.

How You Can Help:

Nominate a Pet

If you know a pet that provides exceptional mental health support, please nominate them! To nominate an ambassador, email the pet’s photo, name, fun fact, and a brief story of how they support mental health to [email protected]. Note: Pet photos with humans require a signed release, therefore solo images are preferred. If nominating someone else’s pet, please include the pet parent’s contact information for consent.

Vetting (don’t worry, not that kind!)

We respect your privacy. If you nominate your own pet, we’ll review your submission with you to ensure it doesn’t include any mental health information you’re uncomfortable sharing. You can also choose to remain anonymous. If someone else nominated your pet, we’ll ask for your consent to include them in the competition and review the nomination with you. Again, anonymity is an option.

Vote for Your Ambassador

Stay tuned for our dedicated Loudest Bork webpage! You’ll be able to view the nominees and vote between March 21-31 at www.namivt.org.

What to Expect if Your Pet Wins

If your pet receives the most votes, the NAMI Vermont team will contact you to offer your pet the ambassador position for ‘Make Some Noise. End the Silence VT’ campaign. Upon acceptance, we’ll request photos or videos for the official announcement and inquire if you’re comfortable sharing a more in-depth story about their mental health support. Again, your privacy is our priority, so you can choose to share your story anonymously.

We hope to announce the winner in April. The Ambassador and pet parent(s) will receive some honorary swag. Throughout the year, we may request additional photos or videos of your pet. All content will be coordinated with respect to your preferences regarding posts featuring your pet.

How to Support the Ambassador:

  • Boost the ambassador by liking and sharing their posts.
  • Use the hashtags #MakeSomeNoise, #EndtheSilenceVT, and #Bork4MentalHealth!

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