your group. The information that you deliver is so important for
education majors to hear. My graduate students look forward to
the upcoming presentation at Dowling.
~Bonnie Johnson, Dowling College
I just finished teaching the middle school version of 'Breaking
the Silence' for the second time this year. It's one of the best
lesson plans I've come across. My students were very interested
and it stimulated many good questions and discussions. I believe
they are now a gang of 'Stigma Busters
~Carol Andre, Berner Middle School Health Teacher, Massapequa,
is fantastic. Very creative and interesting ways of teaching difficult
~Kelly Green, West Middle School Health Teacher, Binghamton,
The program has helped to de-stigmatize mental illness. Students
now speak more openly about issues affecting themselves, family
and friends. With the aid of these lessons, the students have
come to understand that mental illness can affect anyone and that
there is hope and help.
~Jane Callaghan,Great Neck South Health Teacher, Great Neck,
Donna Weikman, a High School Health Teacher in Bethpage, New
York, recounted her rewarding experience with the material:
a discussion based on one of the "Breaking the Silence"
activities, Ms. Weikman was approached by a student. The girl's
father had left home years ago and the mother was raising the
young girl by herself. As a result of the "Breaking the Silence"
lesson, the student realized that her mother might be seriously
ill. With Ms. Weikman's help, she got the courage to convince
her mother to seek medical treatment. Her mother was later diagnosed
Peter Fitzpatrick, a Middle School Health Teacher in Hicksville,
New York called excitedly to report:
of the biggest pluses of the program is that the kids now view
and talk about mental illness with the same ease and sensitivity
as cancer or heart disease."
were very interested and it stimulated many good questions and
aid of these lessons, the students have come to understand that
mental illness can affect anyone and that there is hope and help."