NAMI Ending The Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps middle and high school-aged youth 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 is a free, 50-minute session designed for middle and high school students. Students will learn about mental health conditions through a brief presentation, short videos, and personal testimony from a young adult who describes their journey to recovery.

This program is free of cost to schools and communities.

Last reviewed: 2024

Intended Outcomes:

  • Mental health basics: Learn the basics of mental health as well as the symptoms and warning signs of mental health conditions and suicide.
  • How to end the silence: Talking to a trusted adult can help students, their friends, and their family members who may need support.
  • You are not alone: Middle and high school students are not alone. Help is out there, and support and treatment is available.

Continuum of Care:
Universal Prevention

Topic Areas:
Anxiety, Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Depression, Suicide

Teen/Adolescent (13-18)

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Cultural Considerations:
No research found involving diverse populations

This program is intended for middle school and high school aged students.

To implement this program, one has to have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

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Is Training Required?
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Who can provide the required training?
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) can provide more information on training. Please visit the website for more information.

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Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:

DeLuca, J. S., Tang, J., Zoubaa, S., Dial, B., & Yanos, P. T. (2021). Reducing stigma in high school students: A cluster randomized controlled trial of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Ending the Silence intervention. Stigma and Health, 6(2), 228.

Wahl, O., Rothman, J., Brister, T., & Thompson, C. (2019). Changing student attitudes about mental health conditions: NAMI ending the silence. Stigma and Health, 4(2), 188.

Wong, E. C., Collins, R. L., Cerully, J. L., Roth, E., Marks, J., & Yu, J. (2016). Effects of stigma and discrimination reduction trainings conducted under the California Mental Health Services Authority: An evaluation of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Adult Programs. Rand health quarterly, 5(4).

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Promising rating

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Rationale for Rating:

There are three studies; 1 including a RCT. All three studies revealed positive results in the program-offering empathy and understanding regarding the mental health stigma.

Contraindications or Concerns:
None identified

Other Registries/Ratings

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
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Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
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Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
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