Resources for Schools


Ending the Silence is a no-cost, 50 minute presentation designed to give middle and high school students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through discussion and short videos. The program is delivered by a two-person team trained by NAMI Southern Arizona, one of whom is a young adult living in recovery with a diagnosable mental health condition. Students learn to recognize the early warning signs of mental health conditions and learn what to do if they or someone they know is showing these signs. They also learn how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support. Once the program is completed, handouts are sent home to parents informing them of the program. Ending the Silence is also available for school staff and families.

To request Ending the Silence for your school or organization, please fill out the contact form or contact Judi Maikoff, Program Manager at 520-622-5582 with any questions.

Text, Talk, Act

Text, Talk, Act is a free, 50-minute interactive activity that guides students in a discussion using a series of pre-programmed text messages.

Try it now! Text START to 89800.

Participants gather in small groups (3-4 people) with one cell phone per group and receive a series of text messages that facilitates a conversation on mental health: why it is important, how to care for it, and how to help a friend in need. The text messages include videos, social media interactions, polling questions and discussion questions.

Text, Talk, Act can be done on its own, or it can be scheduled consecutively with Ending the Silence to increase the engagement with and retention of the learning.

For questions or to request Text, Talk, Act for your group, please contact Raquel Goodrich,

"Not Broken"

Not Broken is a candid, unflinching, yet hopeful one-hour documentary about the lives of seven young people who have mental illnesses, told in their own brave words. To highlight that mental illness affects all of us, these stories represent a spectrum of different experiences. Some of the participants are youth of color, some identify as LGBTQ, some have survived sexual abuse, poverty, bullying – and all are fighting to live their dreams despite their mental health challenges. Segments of Not Broken are featured on PBS LearningMedia and are supplemented with teacher guides, discussion guides and additional resources. These short film modules can be used to support viewing of Not Broken while engaging students in discussions about mental health, trauma, self-harm, drug use, suicide, violence and the stereotypes, myths and realities of living with mental illness.

Click to access the full documentary, vignettes and PBS LearningMedia collection.

For additional information, contact Cheryl Gerken, Educational Outreach Coordinator, at 520-621-4792.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people to teach them how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge, or who may be in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight hour training which can be delivered in one day or in two 4-hour sessions.

To request Youth Mental Health First Aid, contact Mary Anne Fout at Arizona Youth Partnership at (520)744-9595x104 or Arizona Youth Partnership can bring the training to any group/agency in their service area, and will work with the agency staff and community on best training dates.

Anti-Stigma Educational Strategies and Programs

Developed by the Help & Hope for YOUth Education & Training Task Force, this listing of educational strategies and programs includes the name, topics, intended audience, evidence basis, cost, ease of use and pros and cons. Click to download.