Middle School Version of Ending the Silence Planned

NAMI National’s Ending the Silence training is a 55-minute presentation for high school students that provides information about the warning signs of mental illnesses and suicide, and teaches students how to help themselves or a friend who may be experiencing warning signs. The training includes a 15-minute presentation by a young adult living with a mental illness who shares their story about their illness and road to recovery and wellness.

Ending the Silence has been very well received in high schools across the state and it has been an effective tool in empowering students keeping the secret of a friend or fellow student contemplating suicide, and students contemplating suicide, to come forward. Ending the Silence is paired with Suicide prevention training for school staff when feasible.

NAMI Minnesota is developing a similar training appropriate for junior high students and has applied for grant funding to complete the curriculum, which will also include suicide prevention training for school staff.