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Breaking the Silence (BTS) - Developed by NAMI Queens/Nassau

This program includes classroom lesson plans for grades four through 12 that are designed to destigmatize mental illnesses. The curriculum meets national health education standards and fulfills the Safe Schools against Violence in Education Act (SAVE) by promoting tolerance, anti-bullying and character development. Through the curriculum, students learn that mental illnesses are real illnesses and not a character flaw.  They learn about the warning signs of mental illnesses as well as that mental illnesses are treatable. Students are also taught how to fight the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.  

Please visit the BTS website or contact the NAMI affiliate for more information.

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Contact: NAMI Queens/Nassau at 516.326.0797 or email

To see if this program is offered near you, contact your local and state NAMI affiliates.