Ending the Silence
Ending the Silence (ETS) is an interactive 50-minute presentation for students in middle school and high school, their families, and school personnel. Through personal storytelling, participants become more aware of the warning signs of mental health conditions, the importance of early intervention, and what steps can be taken to find the necessary support for recovery.
Why Ending the Silence Matters
• 1 in 5 kids experiences a mental health condition; only 20 percent of them actually get help.
• About 50 percent of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school.
• Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
• The earlier the better; early identification and intervention result in better outcomes.
Benefits to Participants
Moving stories from positive role models have the power to change views. The discussion gives students, parents, and school personnel the rare opportunity to ask questions of those with personal experience of mental health challenges. The message of empathy and hope encourages participants to actively care for themselves and their friends. It also encourages them to talk about what they are feeling. Ending the Silence covers:
• Early warning signs of mental health issues
• Facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions
• When, where, and how to get help for oneself, family members, and friends
• When it’s not okay to keep a secret