Serious mental illness often makes a first appearance when people are in their teens and early twenties. If ignored and/or left untreated, these brain disorders may result in great harm. Ending the Silence is a 50-minute presentation NAMI volunteers make to educate students, parents, and teachers about the early signs of mental illness and how to get help.

Presentations typically take place at schools, community events, and faith organizations. Presenters include an older adult, who explains how mental illness has touched their life and offers basic information on mental illness, and personal testimony from a young adult living with a mental illness about their journey to recovery. All presenters, young and old, receive training in a 6-hour online course.

Ending the Silence presentations are available upon request. To request a presentation or become a volunteer presenter, please contact the office at or 734-994-6611.