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Ending the Silence for Students (ETS) is a 50-minute mental health awareness program for middle and high school age youth. Students learn how to recognize the early warning signs of mental health conditions and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs.

ETS instills a message of hope and recovery and encourages students to reduce stigma and end the silence surrounding mental health conditions. The presentation is delivered by two trained speakers, including a young adult who shares his/her experiences living with a mental health condition.

Presentations are available for schools, youth organizations, and communities at no cost.

View Ending the Silence handout

Upcoming NAMI Ending the Silence Presentations 📆

Below are upcoming ETS presentations that are open to the general public. Registration is required for presentations.

Ending the Silence for Families Presentation

Thursday, September 7, 2023
6:30  – 8:00 PM
Whelden Memorial Library, 2401 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable, MA

Volunteer with Ending the Silence

Ending the Silence (ETS) is presented by two trained speakers who share information and personal stories related to mental health conditions. Young adults, parents, educators, and community members can train to become speakers!

Apply to become an ETS presenter by:

  1. Downloading and completing the ETS application form
  2. Emailing your completed application to Michelle Ward:
Looking for resources related to children or education?

Check out our Resources pages.

You can also contact our Compass helpline. Learn more about Compass.

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Contact us for more information about Ending the Silence:

Michelle Ward-Gilles, Ed.M.
Division Director, Community Education & Outreach


Sarah Ford, MSW, MTS
Senior Manager, Community Education & Outreach