Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work


The purpose of this capstone was to address the increase of mental illness on children living in the United States without treatment. Mental illness is a problem that cannot be ignored in the community. The National Alliance on Mental illness works to eliminate stigma through support, education and advocacy in Monterey County. The project intended to increase awareness through the implementation of Say It Out Loud. For the implementation I worked with teachers in Monterey County to give students a presentation, discussion and question survey through an educational presentation. The expected outcome was that children learn the different mental health conditions, and resources in the community after the Say It Out Loud presentation. The evaluation found that students did learn about mental health and conditions as the expected outcome intended, but did not seem to acknowledge what programs the agency provides in the community. In order to address this problem the agency can collaborate with a high school to bring NAMI on campus, a student club regarding mental health. This will provide more information regarding their work in the community.