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School Presentations

Why Should You Bring NAMI to Your School?
One in five youth 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.
  • With early identification and intervention, there is hope.
  • All of our programs are offered free of charge.

What people are saying
“Your candor, sensitivity and sense of humor made the presentations comfortable so that students could listen and ask questions.” – North Smithfield teacher

“I have learned that you’re not out of the game of life if you’re diagnosed with a mental illness.” – St. Mary’s Academy Bayview student

Inside Mental Illness
Inside Mental Illness is an in-depth, interactive teaching program about mental illness for junior and high school students and college students. This free, 90-minute program, developed by NAMI Rhode Island, illustrates how we can create positive change in our society by reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. The program is delivered by people living well with mental illness who show that hope and recovery are possible.

The Inside Mental illness program:

  • Illustrates the power of stigma and how to effect change in our society,
  • Presents personal stories which show that hope and recovery are possible,
  • Discusses mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety) and thought disorders, such as schizophrenia,
  • Provides pre-assessments to gauge students’ knowledge of mental illness.

The heart of the Inside Mental Illness Program lies in the personal stories shared without shame or embarrassment by co-presenters who are living successfully with mental illness.

NAMI Ending the Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence is a 50-minute in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.

Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition through the eyes of a young adult living with mental illness and a family member, who share stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.

NAMI Ending the Silence covers:

  • Early warning signs, including the risk of suicide
  • Facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions
  • When, where and how to get help for themselves or their friends
  • When it’s not okay to keep a secret

NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies
NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies is a presentation for teachers and other school personnel to raise their awareness about mental illness and help them recognize the early warning signs and the importance of early intervention. This program empowers educators to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students.

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. Our 90-minute program 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.

Schedule a Presentation
To schedule a free presentation at your school, call 401-331-3060 or email penny@namirhodeisland.org.

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