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Through the generous support of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, NAMI Rochester will be able to significantly increase education and awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention in our area’s schools through the NAMI Signature Program, “Ending the Silence.”

The “Ending the Silence” presentation, typically presented during a health education or psychology class, is a 50-minute interactive session designed for middle and high school students. It is facilitated by two individuals who are trained and certified by NAMI to present this NAMI Signature Program. The instructors include a young adult who experienced a mental illness during his or her school years and is currently living in recovery. The second person on the teaching team is an individual who has personally coped with, or has supported a family member or friend with mental illness. The effectiveness of this program is due to the unique perspective and lived experience of the presenters. “Ending the Silence” promotes an open dialogue with students that is non-judgmental and is taught in a safe environment. “I have been where you are and I have felt how you feel.” Brighton, Fairport, Greece and Gates Chili School Districts are a few of the districts who have endorsed NAMI’s “Ending the Silence” Educational Program.

New York’s schools will be required to teach about mental health and mental illness in their state-mandated health classes under the new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in late September, 2016. The law takes effect in July, 2018. NAMI’s “Ending the Silence” has already assisted many school districts to meet the needs of mental health education in their schools.

Again, NAMI Rochester is truly grateful for the generous support of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. The grant will enable us to continue to bring “Ending the Silence” presentations into the local middle and high schools and increase the number of students who will benefit from this innovative initiative from hundreds of students to thousands of students in 2017.


Patricia Sine, Signature

Patricia Sine, Executive Director
NAMI Rochester