NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

nami logoClients, staff and alumni are invited to attend an In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presentation at the Lodge.

When:   Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Time:     3:00-4:00 PM

Where: Jaywalker Lodge

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) was created as part of NAMI’s initiative to involve consumers in education about serious mental illness. It seemed natural for people with mental illness to draw from the expertise of their lived experiences and to share these experiences with others.  NAMI, a support, education, advocacy, and research organization, is dedicated to eradicating mental illness and improving the quality of life for persons affected by mental illness and their families.

IOOV was introduced in 1996 as Living with Schizophrenia.  The program gathered momentum quickly.  As more people with a variety of illnesses participated, the program’s name was changed to In Our Own Voice. Since then, approximately 2,000 presenters have been trained to conduct the In Our Own Voice presentation.  As of the spring of 2007, the program is active in 38 states and over 200,000 audience members have been reached.

Philosophy

In Our Own Voice is dedicated to the support, education, and growth of consumers as presenters. Who better to talk about coping with a mental illness than those in recovery?

Audiences benefit from this type of presentation because it reveals personal experiences of recovery. Audience members learn, first hand, what it means to have a serious mental illness and how the recovery process works. Every presenter is successful in unique ways.  Recovery is a continuing process of growth. The presentation is about how to achieve and then stay in recovery with a major mental illness.

LOCAL NAMI

NAMI Roaring Fork Valley

970-618-7770

namiirfv@gmail.com

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