The brief (40 to 60 minutes), yet comprehensive, interactive presentation about mental illness includes a video, personal testimony and discussion—enriches the participant’s understanding of how people with these serious disorders cope with their symptoms, recover and lead productive lives with hope, meaning and dignity. The program also empowers those who are faced with mental illness, and provides living proof that recovery is an ongoing reality. Presenters gain confidence and self-esteem while serving as role models for the community.In Our Own Voice is a NAMI Tennessee recovery education presentation given by trained presenters who themselves have struggled with mental illness and are in recovery.

Throughout the presentation, the attendees are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. These opportunities for participants lead to a better understanding of what it is like to live with a mental illness and help break down the walls of stigma that surround mental illness. In fact, 85% of those who attend an In Our Own Voice presentation leave with a more positive attitude about mental illness and recovery.

“By telling my story I can help others: that’s huge. Before I was always the one being helped.”

Presentations are available to community, civic and government organizations, law enforcement, healthcare providers, faith communities, students, consumers, and families and friends.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Join us VIRTUALLY on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 8:30AM – 5:00PM CST for a FREE one day IOOV Speaker Training event.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Join us VIRTUALLY on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 8:30AM – 5:00PM CST for a FREE one day IOOV Speaker Training event.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:

  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.

What People Are Saying

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

“Participating in the IOOV 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.”

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

Schedule An IOOV Presentation

If you would like to host a NAMI In Our Own Voice presentation, Request a Speaker. If you have a question about IOOV or would like to become a presenter, contact NAMI Tennessee.

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