We have purchased
and distributed the BTS lesson plans to local public schools as
a memorial to our daughter. She took her life at 17 in December
2002 after struggling with mental illness for a number of years….In
the year following Meredith’s death our home school district
was in the process of adopting a new health curriculum. BTS was
adopted as a component of this new curriculum…Thanks for
the BTS lesson plans. They have opened the door to discussing
mental illness and other brain disorders in our community.
~Geri Johnson Fick, NAMI Clatsop, Astoria, Oregon
We already have 43 educators in 34 schools in Waterloo & Cedar
Falls Iowa who have been using the "Breaking the Silence"
lesson plans in their classrooms. During the lesson plan about
the depressed mom, a 5th grader went to the school counselor and
sought help. Before this, the teacher had not noticed the child
was depressed. The teacher was thrilled to help this child.
Thanks for all you do!
Meyer, NAMI Black Hawk County
Over the past 8 years, I’ve had the pleasure of developing
outreach programs for ethnic minority families in the St. Louis
area, as a staff member of the local affiliate office….after
years of negotiating “red tape”, “school bureaucracy”,
and “stigma”, we finally got approval from key school
personnel [to provide mental health education to the high school
staff and youth] ….Roosevelt High School is a predominantly
African American high school in the inner city, with burgeoning
numbers of Bosnian, Vietnamese, and African immigrants….
Sections of the “Breaking the Silence” curriculum
were used for the mental health presentation and proved to be
quite helpful…Given the success of the program…they
have expressed an interest in using more of the “Breaking
the Silence” curriculum. I am excited about their enthusiasm
and welcome the opportunity. “Breaking the Silence”
is an absolutely wonderful resource and I am grateful to your
affiliate for all the hard work you have done in developing it
and making it available to so many of us.
~Ms. Kimberly A. Carter, M.S.W., Mental Health Educator/Consultant,
Saint Louis, MO
am working with a group of parents who are trying to begin a pilot
training program in our district. This is a district that 5 years
ago invited my bipolar son to leave because they couldn't meet
his needs. He was a victim of horrid bullying and rather than
address his tormentors they homebound him and the bullies went
on to be student council leaders.
~Carolie Collins, Advisory Board Member of the Minnesota Parent
My husband and I are members of NAMI Medina County, Medina, Ohio.
He is president of our local chapter and I am Director of Education.
We are very interested in your new programs for elementary-aged
children regarding "understanding mental illness". How
very important it is that we begin stamping out stigma with education
at a very early age. Thank you for taking this step forward in
the education of young children.
~Richard Paterson, Brunswick, Ohio 44212
I just completed my Visions For Tomorrow teacher training today
and was excited to get home and look up what Breaking the Silence
was. I heard a mother and her son talk highly of how it was the
"Greatest Educational Opportunity" they attended. I
found your web site and would like to know more on how to get
local schools to implement this program!
a note to tell you how pleased we are with your program. As you
can see an award was given me from the Inter-Agency Council. It
was all because of your program…..We have taught quite a
few classes and the teachers really liked the program. This year
every school in our county will have the program running. Thanks
so much for this wonderful program.
~Vriginia Saull, President, NAMI of Salem County, Pilesgrove,