and adolescents are tomorrow's opinion leaders and decision makers.
In Alabama, we recognize the value of educating these young people
using accurate, scientific information regarding the facts about
mental illness. We found the 'Breaking the Silence' curricula
to be up-to-date, science-based teaching tools, which provide
age-appropriate information in a manner that will motivate kids
to learn and to understand mental illnesses as biological brain
disorders no different from other physical illnesses. We salute
NAMI Queens/Nassau for their outstanding efforts and for taking
the initiative to develop such quality educational materials.
Beasley, Director of Public Information and Community Relations,
Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
I believe that the "Breaking the Silence" curriculum
has the potential for enormous positive impact on the way persons
with mental illness are regarded and treated. This material addresses
stigma head-on as a problem in human relationships. Broadscale
dissemination of BTS throughout the State and Nation merits the
support of public officials and community leaders. It is an indispensible
component in any school's good citizenship/anti-violence tool
kit. The School Mental Health Alliance has been honored to work
with NAMI to bring this program to local schools.
~ Rose Starr, DSW, Director of Policy and Research, School Mental
Health Alliance, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
the Silence is fundamental to NAMI Tennessee. It is our primary
tool to increase knowledge and reduce stigma. We are hoping to
be able to bring this program to every Tennessee school. We believe
it will greatly improve the ability to recognize and appropriately
respond to the mental health needs of children at school.
~ Roger Stewart, Director of Education, NAMI Tennessee