Presented by a trained 2-person team consisting of:
A young adult (age 18-35) living with a mental health condition,
who will serve as the Young Adult Presenter.
An adult (age 18 or older) living in recovery with a mental health
condition, or family member of an individual living with a mental health
condition, who will serve as the Lead Presenter.
This presentation educates audience members about mental health conditions and
their warning signs and provides audience members with resources and tools to
help themselves, friends, and family members who may be in need of support. The
program has three presentations designed for three audiences: students,
families and school staff.
Hearing a personal story from an individual living with a mental health
condition helps to dispel myths, instill a message of hope and recovery, and
encourage audience members to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Individuals who have lived experience with a mental health condition and are interested in
educating students, families, and school staff about mental health/illness. If an affiliate
is working to implement the program and wants to train their first Ending the Silence
presenters, we ask that they submit a 2-person team consisting of a Young Adult and Lead
Presenter, if possible.
A 2-person team consists of a Young Adult Presenter, a young adult (age 18-35)
living with a mental health condition who is willing to share their story, and a
Lead Presenter, an adult (age 18 or older) who is either a person living with a
mental health condition or is a family member or caregiver of an individual living
with a mental health condition.
A current NAMI Member.
Able to complete the online training three weeks after the application deadline.
Able to attend the entire half-day intensive training.
Because NAMI Ending the Silence is taught in schools and youth settings, applicants
should have flexible schedules that allow them to present on weekdays during school
The Ending the Silence training is a blended training, with an online portion and in-person
portion. The 6-8 hour online training gives you resources and support as you prepare your
draft presentation script. The half-day in-person training gives you the opportunity to
practice your presentation in front of a friendly audience and our state trainers, who give
supportive and constructive feedback. You will leave the training feeling confident and
prepared to give Ending the Silence presentations.
The Lead Presenter will be trained to give the 25-minute educational PowerPoint
presentation, and will complete the NAMI ETS Lead Students online training. The Young Adult
Presenter will be trained to give both the 25-minute educational PowerPoint presentation as
well as trained to share their story of recovery, and will complete both the NAMI ETS Lead
Students and the NAMI ETS Young Adult online trainings.
After completing the in-person training, all Ending the Silence presenters will need to
complete two additional online trainings, NAMI ETS Lead Families and NAMI ETS Lead Staff.
NAMI Washington will cover the cost of all training materials, food, and lodging. Your NAMI
affiliate is asked to cover your travel expenses. Lodging will be at a nearby hotel, and is double
occupancy, which means you will be sharing a room with another attendee. If you require
single occupancy, arrangements will need to be made prior to your attendance, and there
will be additional costs which will be the responsibility of the attendee.
Attending the training is by pre-registration only, and class size is limited. In order to
reserve a space, your affiliate must submit a $50 refundable registration deposit at the
time of registration. If there are more applications than spots for the training, a waiting
list will be created.
Completion of the online training is REQUIRED for in-person training attendance – if you do
not complete the online training within three weeks of the application deadline, you will
be unable to attend the in-person training.
If you need to cancel after being accepted, notify the
NAMI Washington staff, no later than a week before the training so we can fill your spot,
or your affiliate will lose its $50 registration deposit. Cancelled spots are filled with
applications from the waiting list for the class, not by
sending another affiliate member.