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Ending the Silence is now in Anderson and Pickens Counties!

Ending the Silence (ETS) is a relatively new (since 2016) program from NAMI that shares vital information including signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and suicide awareness and prevention, for middle and high school students, school staff and families of students of all ages. Since 2017 more than 30,000 people in South Carolina have heard the presentation (primarily students). We are excited that ETS is now in our Anderson / Oconee / Pickens NAMI Affiliate.

In Pickens County, a new grant from the United Way of Pickens County (UWPC) supports the hiring of a coordinator for the ETS program. Ms. Bethany Henry started working on August 15, 2019, and will be building her team of presenters and her network in the Pickens County Schools and youth groups. She and her family live in Clemson and are excited about what we can do with ETS for Pickens County families. She may be reached by email at

In Anderson District II, an ETS Program Coordinator was recently hired with contract funds from a contract through the South Carolina Department of Education as part of their Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Health and Human Services (SAMHSA) grant called AWARE Ms. Amanda Phillips has already started working with Anderson II District staff and she may be reached by email at

ETS is a mental-health education program based on real-life experiences. Presenter teams consisting of two persons including a young person living with mental illness who developed symptoms of an illness during their school years. The goal of NAMI ETS is to create a generation of students who are well-positioned to end the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness.

We are VERY grateful to UWPC and SC Dept. of Education for financial support that allows us to bring ETS into AOP schools. Please feel free to reach out to Bethany or Amanda on any aspect of the ETS program. We are excited about this vital information we can provide for our area teens, school staff and families of students of all ages.

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