NAMI-WCI wants to end the stigma and social stereotypes associated with mental illnesses. We raise awareness about mental illness in our community, and show others how to live successfully with the symptoms of mental illness. Find hope, support, and encouragement with NAMI-WCI.
One in five teens age 13-18 experience a mental health condition in any given year, and 80 percent of those teens are not currently receiving treatment. Currently, 50 percent of these teens struggling with mental illness will drop out of school. The average delay between onset symptoms in teens and receiving treatment is 8-10 years. These numbers are far too high.
Ending the Silence 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. Purdue University students with mental illness experience present the information and serve as role models, bringing optimism and hope to teens who have early onset mental illnesses.
Ending the Silence provides a 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school aged youth. Teens will learn about early warning signs and steps that can be taken in order to help themselves or a friend deal with a mental illness. Most importantly, we pour time into these teens because we know that with early identification of intervention, there is hope.