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Ending the Silence Presenter - State Training Application

NAMI Ending the Silence is:

A 50-minute mental health presentation for middle and high school aged youth available at no-cost to schools, youth clubs, and youth groups.

You are applying to be a young adult presenter or a lead presenter and/or both. 

Training Date
Application Deadline
Training Date 2
Application Deadline 2
Training Date 3
Application Deadline 3

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Next Steps:
  1. Your local affiliate will reach out to interview you over the phone or on Zoom.

  2. You will then be interviewed by the trainer.

  3. If you are accepted for training, you will be sent a binder of training materials.

  4. On the day of, you will log into your Zoom training!

  5. This training is 2 days long.

Presenting Details 
  • 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.

ETS reduces stigma through:
  • Education — Provides accurate information about mental health conditions to promote understanding and dispel myths.

  • Personal Contact — Puts a human face to mental illness and provides hope that recovery is possible.

Who can be a NAMI Ending the Silence Presenter? 
  • Individuals who have lived experience with a mental health condition and are interested in educating students, families, and school staff about mental health/illness. 

  • 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 full-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 hours.

What will I learn from the Ending the Silence Training?
  • 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 f-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.

Registration Information 
  • ***Zoom Online***NAMI Washington will mail you your training materials. 

  • ***In-Person*** If this training is in-person, then NAMI Washington will pay for meals, snacks, lodging for in-person trainings and all training materials. Your NAMI affiliate is asked to cover your travel and other expenses that you may incur to attend this training. Lodging will be at a nearby hotel, and is double occupancy. If you require single occupancy, arrangements will need to be made prior to attendance by the attendee 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. If there are more applications than spots for the class, a waiting list will be created.

  • If you need to cancel after being accepted, notify the NAMI Washington staff, no later than two weeks before the training. Failure to do so will result in your Local Affiliate being charged a $75 admin fee. Cancelled spots are filled with applications from the waiting list for the class, not by sending another affiliate member.

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