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In Our Own Voice Program

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation. Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. The more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.

Anyone familiar with mental illness knows that recovery is not a singular event, but a multi-dimensional, multi-linear journey characterized more by the mindset of the one taking it than by his or her condition at any given moment along the way. Recovery is the point in someone’s illness in which the illness is no longer the first and foremost part of his or her life, no longer the essence of all his or her existence. Ultimately, recovery is about attitude and making the effort.

Information on IOOV:

IOOV Program Information

IOOV Fact Sheet

IOOV Promotional Flyer

The goals of IOOV are to meet the need for consumer- run initiatives, to set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there, to offer genuine work opportunities, to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters, and to focus on recovery and the message of hope.




NAMI Virginia's In Our Own Voice program can make a presentation to:


All presentations are offered free of charge.

Groups or organizations interested in seeing a presentation may request that one be given in their area through their state or local affiliate.


NAMI IOOV Presentation

Opportunities for Involvement in In Our Own Voice:

The In Our Own Voice Program is currently offered in the following localities:

Are you a consumer in recovery who wants to get involved with the In Our Own Voice program?

Join us!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our May 2013 training, it was an amazing group!

Interested in Becoming an In Our Own Voice Presenter?

Local Trainings Scheduled

Prince Wiliam County: April 26th-27th

If you are interested in becoming an In Our Own Voice Presenter, please complete an application and contact your local affiliate connect with the local In Our Own Voice Coordinator. 

Trainings are schedule upon the request of the affiliate or once sufficient interest warrants.  Those wishing to be considered as a candidate should complete an application and connect with their local affiliate.  If you are unable to reach someone with your local affiliate or have genear questions regarding NAMI proggram trainings please contact Sarah Steadman, Director of Programs at 804-285-8264 x203 or ssteadman@namivirginia.org.

Who would make a good presenter? Someone with personal mental illness experience who has been experiencing prolonged periods of wellness and good management of their recovery; who is comfortable with public speaking; has reliable transportation; would be able to commit to the two day training, and to presenting their story on a regular basis for NAMI for a minimum of one year.

Affiliate and In Our Own Voice Program Leaders' Resources

Please make sure to check out resources on the In Our Own Voice Program found under 'Resources for Strengthening your NAMI Program to help your program succeed!

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