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According to the surgeon general, every teacher has at least three children in their class right now living with a mental health condition - biological brain disorders severe enough to warrant professional intervention. And chances are 40% of them are not receiving the care they need - often because they are embarrassed to talk about it.

Fortunately, the news is good. There is treatment and recovery is possible.

At NAMI Central Texas we know that these children are not alone. Caring and observant teachers, schools and parents/caregivers are looking for ways to help. We’ve developed programs and resources designed for teachers and schools to help not only understand the challenges, but to address them with practical and empathetic approaches.

“This gave me strength to tell someone about a friend, she is not doing well.”

Presentation for students

Ending the Silence

Geared to middle and high school students; presenters include a positive role model - a young adult living in recovery from a mental health condition

Understanding what it means to live with a mental health condition is critical for middle and high school students – especially given that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. This presentation is geared to not only raise awareness of mental health conditions but to reduce the stigma so that individuals can seek help.

Ending the Silence (teens) is most powerful when presented as a companion to Let's Talk (parents).

What students will learn:

  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Statistics on mental illness and it’s affect on middle and high school students
  • How to seek help for themselves or a friend
  • Recovery and coping strategies
  • Understanding mental illness and ways to reduce the stigma

What students will keep:

  • Contact information for mental health agencies and youth support services
  • List of symptoms and warning signs of mental illness
"Hearing your story and your sons story was helpful. My son attempted suicide a year ago and hearing your story touched my soul. Thank you!"

Presentation for parents of teens and pre-teens

Let's Talk

More than 40% of teens are not receiving the care and treatment they need–often because they are too embarrassed to talk about mental health or don’t know how to ask for help. Parents don't know how to bring up this difficult subject with their children either. This one-hour presentation empowers parents to talk to their teens about mental health by dispelling mental health myths and providing useful resources and healthy language to use.

What parents will learn:

  • How to talk to your teen about mental health
  • The difference between bad behavior and symptoms of mental illness
  • Early warning signs of a teen in crisis

Let's Talk (parents) is most powerful when presented as a companion to Ending the Silence (teens).

"PTAA gave me a new understanding of the importance of my role in early recognition of kids with symptoms of mental illness and the urgency of early intervention on their behalf."

Presentation for teachers and school administrators

Parents & Teachers As Allies

Silence is one of the greatest challenges we must overcome to help students who are living with mental illness. Teachers and administrators can help – when armed with knowledge of the symptoms and empathy for parents/caregivers and the student.

What teachers and staff will learn:

  • The difference between bad behavior and symptoms of mental illness
  • Early warning signs of a student in crisis
  • How to communicate and partner with families effectively
  • Where to find additional mental health resources
“Hearing personal stories, struggles, and lifestyle was most important to me. We had wonderful and amazing guest speakers and appreciate hearing their stories.”

Presentation for all adult communities

In Our Own Voice

This presentation is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental health conditions that are often invisible to others.

You'll hear a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to achieve recovery. You'll have a chance to ask questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and helps dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.