In Michigan teen death rates from accidents and disease dropped in recent years, while they rose for suicide. Schools can do something about that.
Powerful new – free – programs are available for high schools to help both students and staff recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and know what to do if they or someone they know needs help. Both student and staff programs are delivered by a trained two-person team that includes a young adult living in recovery with a mental health condition.
Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 50-minute presentation appropriate for any high school class. Parents and Teachers as Allies (PATAA) is a 90-minute presentation appropriate for a staff professional development session.
The free programs are offered by the Michigan chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Michigan) through grants from the Flinn Foundation and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation.
The programs provide resources and tools for participants, and young adult presenters reduce the stigma, put a human face to mental illness, and provide hope that recovery is possible. Interested schools should contact NAMI’s Ron Wilson at 517-853-0952 or firstname.lastname@example.org.