NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies

Parents and Teachers as Allies is a two-hour, in-service mental health education program for school professionals.  It empowers teachers and school personnel to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students and opens the door for schools to make a difference.  The on-site presentation is led by a team from your community consisting of a person with a mental health condition, a parent, and a teacher. 

Each attendee will receive a 22 page booklet containing the signs and symptoms of nine different mental illnesses in children and adolescents and a packet containing information on classroom tips and resources. 

Our program will share how to:

  • Understand the difference between ‘bad behavior’ and symptoms of a mental health condition
  • Recognize early warning signs
  • Communicate and partner with families effectively
  • Link to community services quickly
  • Create a supportive learning environment for students

Your school needs Parents and Teachers as Allies because:

  • 1 in 5 children experiences a mental health condition, but only 20% of them actually receive services
  • About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out
  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15- 24 year olds

With early identification and intervention, there is hope!

Please be advised this presentation takes the full 2 hours so cannot be scheduled for a one-hour teacher's meeting. We, also, need advance notice of the presentation date so we can order the booklets and arrange for the packets to be printed. 

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Michelle Ready, 864-882-5131 michelle@namiaop.org