What is Breaking the Silence?

Breaking the Silence is a recovery education presentation given by trained consumer presenters for both junior high and high school students in grades 7 through 12.

A comprehensive, interactive presentation about mental illness—including personal testimony and discussion—enriches the student’s understanding of how people with these serious disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.

This innovative program for the classroom puts a human face on mental illness and confronts the myths that reinforce the silence. Breaking the Silence shows:

  • It is biology, not a character flaw that causes mental illness.
  • The warning signs of mental illness.
  • Mental illness has never been more treatable.

Key Program Topics:

Breaking the Silence is a practical tool to educate and increase awareness about the true nature of brain disorders, commonly known as mental illnesses. The presentation covers issues frequently faced by those dealing with severe mental illnesses:

  • Dark Days
  • Acceptance
  • Treatment
  • Medication and Therapy
  • Coping Strategies
  • Successes, Hopes, and Dreams

Breaking the Silence presents the warning signs of severe mental illnesses such as:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Major Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Breaking the Silence offers discussion with students involving topics such as:

  • Drug Abuse
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Physical and Sexual Abuse

All students receive information that includes fact sheets on topics covered in the presentation, resource materials, and guides on where turn to for help and guidance.

If you’re interested in having Breaking The Silence come to your school, please contact our office at 864-7119.