Community Education

NAMI Dane County presentations provide the public with the information and resources they need to better understand mental illness, how to recognize early warning signs and connect people with mental health challenges to community resources. Additionally, our community education programs strive to increase public awareness about the challenges of living with a mental illness and reduce stigma.

Community education programs are provided at no cost to the public. To schedule a presentation, please complete the presentation request form at the bottom of this page.

Community Education Presentations

After school that day, I went home and told my mom. I told her I need help with this because it’s not something I can fix myself. I’ve tried and tried. Your story really helped me… My friend also has depression and your presentation showed me what I can do to help her. Please continue to visit schools and share your experience with many people. I know you can help inspire many people, just like you inspired me.
— Testimonial from an East High School student who received the Ending the Silence presentation
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs.   Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help.

  • NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff is a 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families.
  • Mental Health & Verbal De-escalation Training is a one- to three-hour training on the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses, how to recognize the early warning signs, and available support services in the community. This workshop also provides scenarios that offer specific techniques to help deescalate a mental health crisis in a workplace setting. This workshop can be tailored to the group. 
  • Hearing Voices is a one-hour workshop that simulates auditory hallucinations while participants complete various tasks. Audiences will better understand the day-to-day challenges that people with mental illnesses may face, become more empathetic and compassionate towards people who hear voices, and apply what they have learned to their interactions with people who experience auditory hallucinations. 

Presentation Request Form

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