In Our Own Voice

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI in which two trained peer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. Your group can request a presentation by contacting NAMI.

To set up a presentation contact your local affiliate

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and ideas about people with mental health conditions. These free, 40-, 60- or 90-minute presentations provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to have a mental health condition.

This presentation provides:

  • An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
  • A chance to ask leaders questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions
  • The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals
  • Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community

What People Are Saying

“Amazing presentation with amazing presenters! You 100% erased any stigma I used to associate with mental illness.” -Audience member

“Several of the mental health staff stated that they saw recovery as a real option—for the first time ever.” -Audience member

“Presenting this program is the single most effective thing I am doing to maintain my mental health. Time after time, I see the audience respond with curiosity and interest. I know I am changing the face of mental illness and that I have transformed my pain into the power to make a difference.” -IOOV Program Leader

Schedule Or Attend A Presentation

If you would like to host or attend a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, please contact your local affiliate (Access their web sites/contact info via the “Other NM Affiliates” menu item above)