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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.

Download an Ending the Silence handout (pdf – opens in a new tab).

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Volunteer with Ending the Silence

Volunteer as an Ending the Silence Presenter
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:

  1. download and complete the ETS application form (pdf – opens in a new tab)
  2. email your completed application to Michelle Ward:
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