The presentation is offered free of charge and is appropriate for diverse audiences, including family members, friends, mental health professionals, and people diagnosed with mental health conditions

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, 60- or 90-minute presentation.

“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.

Volunteer as an In Our Own Voice Presenter
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is presented by trained speakers who share their experiences living with a mental health condition. If you are interested in becoming an IOOV presenter contact NAMI Tennessee  or register for an upcoming class. Applicants will be contacted when an upcoming training for new speakers is scheduled.


Fill out the online application for a future FREE two 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.