- Did you have mental health challenges as a child, young adult, or teen?
- Are you between the age of 18 and 35?
- Do you live in or near Clackamas County, Oregon or are able to commit to travel?
- Would you like to help Middle and High School students obtain a better understanding of mental illness by sharing your own recovery story?
- Would you like to help us end the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide?
Become a Young Adult or Lead Presenter of Ending the Silence.
Please note: The Young Adult Presenters are paid a $30 stipend for their presentation. There is no stipend for the Lead Presenters.
As we move forward towards schools reopening full time in the Fall, we are looking for presenters who are able to attend in-person presentations during the weekdays at local Clackamas County middle and high schools. Presentations are primarily in the morning, but occasionally are given in the afternoon.
You would choose dates from a schedule sent out in advance.
In some instances, we will also consider volunteers that are able to present virtually via Zoom.
Through this free classroom presentation, middle and high school students get to learn about mental health conditions, how to support their friends and how to get help. During the 60-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness, and an adult with a family member or loved one living with mental illness, tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.
At each pre-arranged presentation of Ending the Silence there are two presenters:
Young Adult Presenter: A 15-minute presentation by someone who shares their own lived experience seeking mental health services as a child, teen, or young adult. The young adult speaker also shares their experience by answering questions from students and offering coping skills based on their own lived experience.
Lead Presenter: An adult with a family member or loved one living with mental illness, who gives a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation to the students and teachers, leads discussions, and offers their experiences where appropriate.
Training is required and will be provided.
Why Ending the Silence Matters:
- 1 in 5 kids experiences a mental health condition; only 20% of them actually get help
- About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24-year-olds
- The earlier the better: early identification and intervention provides better outcomes