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