Ending the Silence Takes Off!
NAMI South Carolina’s Ending the Silence presentation, now being offered by NAMI Lowcountry, was given in 23 schools across the state from January 1 through March 31 this year, touching 4,283 lives.
Ending the Silence provides information to recognize early-onset signs of mental health conditions in teens themselves or a friend. It addresses steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental illness. It also provides vital awareness and knowledge that can help prevent suicides. Presentations include a lead presenter who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we help grow the movement to end stigma and save lives. Click here to learn more.
Betsey O’Brien, NAMI South Carolina’s Director of Education Programs, stated that “Having presented Ending the Silence and in reading the anonymous comments from the teens on their evaluations, I know they are hungry for this vital information. Some students self-disclose concerns about themselves or a friend on the evaluations and we bring them to the attention of teachers or administration before leaving the school. Team presenters have had powerful conversations during and after the Ending the Silence presentation that have resulted in escorting students to counselors, providing a warm handoff to that teen in distress. Several of the requests for school presentations have been initiated by the teens which speaks volumes. Our presenters are changing and saving lives!”
Contact the NAMI Lowcountry office at 843-681-2200, ext. 1# or email the office.