February 29, 2016
We are pleased to announce that In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is back for 2016! On January 17th we had two great speakers and we are excited to include additional dates for the 2016 schedule to include: March 20th, May 15th, July 17th, September 18th, and November 20th. NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 90-minute presentation!
While audiences benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers, IOOV also helps the Presenters. Increased confidence, the joy of helping to inspire and motivate others and developing leadership skills are common experiences for IOOV Presenters.
“Speaking about my mental illness gave me back my self-esteem and enabled me to overcome my shame and guilt and realize I am not a bad or weak person – that I have an illness – a brain disorder – it is not my fault.” – An IOOV Presenter & Trainer
Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. The more audience members learn, the more they understand the realities of mental illness and recovery.
“[IOOV] is helpful for people to understand how REAL and how DISABLING the symptoms are. So many people see consumers as manipulative or lazy.” – IOOV Audience Member