Every teacher typically has at least three children in their class living with a mental health condition. Chances are that 50% of them are not receiving the care they need -- often because they are embarrassed to talk about it.

At NAMI Fox Valley, we know that these children are not alone. Caring and observant teachers, schools and parents/caregivers are looking for ways to help. One great way to start is by inviting NAMI Fox Valley into your classroom to present one of our mental health education sessions for students.

NAMI Fox Valley's classroom presentations are designed to break down stigma, increase mental health literacy and encourage help-seeking behavior. Presentations are customized for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Read descriptions and request presentations below. 

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" I feel like everyone needs to hear this no matter what situation they might be in. It is very beneficial for those struggling." - Student

Questions? Contact NAMI Fox Valley's outreach program director, Megan Zimmerman, at mzimmerman@namifoxvalley.org.
Mental Health Chat is a 40-minute presentation designed for 4th graders and is delivered by someone living with a mental illness, or a family member of someone who lives with a mental illness. The goals of the presentation are as follows:
    • Educate elementary students about NAMI & mental illness
    • Help students understand that getting medical help for a mental illness is similar to getting medical help for a broken arm or the flu
    • Educate students that 1 in 5 people live with a mental illness
    • Provide positive coping skills for dealing with strong emotions
    • Teach students how to help themselves or a friend identify an adult they can talk to if feeling sad/depressed/anxious
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Ending the Silence is a 50-minute engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. Presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma. Request This Presentation
Teen Mental Health 101 is a 60-minute presentation designed for high school health/psychology classes and is meant to expand upon the information gained in the Ending the Silence presentation. Our Teen Mental Health 101 presentation covers the following:
    • The adverse effects of mental health stigma
    • Warning signs of diagnoses particularly prevalent in teens and the stigma that often accompanies these diagnoses
    • Mental health treatment options and the importance of seeking out treatment early in life
    • Healthy coping mechanisms
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In this 50-minute presentation, high school students will expand upon the information gained in the Teen Mental Health 101 presentation and learn about the warning signs specific to anxiety and depression in teens, the importance of early treatment for a mental health condition and numerous healthy coping strategies if a person is experiencing challenges with their mental health. Request This Presentation
In this 50-minute presentation, high school students will expand upon the information gained in the Teen Mental Health 101 presentation and learn about different stressors that can impact a person’s mental health, the differences between stress and anxiety, healthy coping strategies & stress management skills to use if a person is feeling overwhelmed and the practice of mindfulness to improve stress levels. Request This Presentation