Save the date! NAMI Seattle is hosting a training for anyone interested in becoming an Ending the Silence presenter on December 2-3 in Beacon Hill! Click here to download an application.

Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. 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. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.

Why Ending the Silence Matters

1 in 5 kids experiences a mental health condition; only 20% of them actually get help

About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds

The earlier the better: early identification and intervention provides better outcomes

What Students Get

Moving stories from positive role models have the power to change kids' views. The discussion gives students the rare opportunity to ask questions about mental health challenges to people who have lived it. The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and their friends. It also teaches them it's okay to talk about what they're feeling. NAMI Ending the Silence covers:

  • Early warning signs
  • 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

To schedule a presentation for your group or organization, please fill out and submit an Ending the Silence Presentation Request.

 

What People are Saying

I’m really grateful and glad that you talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.

- Student

It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.

– Teacher

FAQ

What does NAMI Seattle stand for and what is its vision and mission?

NAMI Seattle, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Seattle affiliate, is one of the founding affiliates of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness NAMI. NAMI Seattle provides support, education and advocacy and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

Mission: To address the unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach.

Vision: A world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.

How can I become a NAMI member? What are the benefits of membership?

We would be pleased to welcome you to the family of NAMI Seattle members!

Click here to learn more about NAMI Seattle membership. The annual dues are $35/year (or a reduced rate of $3/year for those with financial need).

The benefits of a membership include continued support of NAMI Seattle's free programs to all those in need, a copy of our quarterly newsletter, first invitations to our new speaker series, the NAMI Advocate magazine, discounts on resources in the NAMI store, discounts at NAMI’s Annual Convention, and full access to all the information and features at nami.org.

I am part of a community agency, how do I obtain NAMI Seattle materials to share?>

A part of NAMI's is mission to educate the public about mental illnesses. NAMI Seattleoffers our brochure and fact sheets on a variety of topics, including particular mental disorders, crisis worksheets and resources.

NAMI Seattle's Helpline provides a limited number of paper resources at no charge. To keep costs down and to provide materials to the greatest number of people, it is necessary to limit the number of publications we provide.

Contact the Helpline for more information.

Do you offer programs and literature in other languages?

NAMI Seattle's Resource Card is currently available in Spanish as well as English. Some NAMI programs (including Family-to-Family) are periodically available in Spanish; please contact us to learn more. 

If you would be interested in volunteering to translate any of our resources into a non-English language, we would love your help!

I recently moved. How do I update or remove my contact info from NAMI's mailing list?

If you are a member and you know your username and password, you can log in to www.nami.org and make the changes easily on your own.

You may also email us or call 206-783-9264.

Where can I find statistics about mental health conditions?

You can see some statistics and other information about mental health conditions here.