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In Our Own Voice



What is In Our Own Voice?

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique, informational outreach program developed by NAMI that offers insight into the recovery now possible for people with severe mental illness.

In Our Own Voice shows how people with serious mental illnesses cope with the realities of their disorders while recovering and reclaiming productive lives with meaning and dignity.  Additionally, the program provides a safe way for consumers to share the ups and downs of their recovery and learn from others.

History of the Program

Philosophy of the Program

What does the program include?

  – Two trained presenters give personal testimony about their journeys with mental illness through dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, and successes, hopes, and dreams.
  – Target audiences include: consumers, families, mental health service providers, educators, students, law enforcement personnel, professionals, faith communities, and all people wanting to learn about mental illness.

Key Presentation Topics

Why is In Our Own Voice unique?

Who better to talk about having a mental illness than those in recovery from a mental illness? Consumers are the experts in sharing their life experience.  Consumers know what has and has not worked for them.

Why Consumers as Presenters

How can I become a presenter?

Contact NAMI Bucks office 215-442-5637.

How can I schedule a presentation?

Contact   NAMI Bucks office 215-442-5637 to schedule a presentation.

Find out more

Download the In Our Own Voice Brochure (PDF)

What people
have to say about
In Our Own Voice

“The inspiration of the NAMI presenters long outlives their actual visit.  All who attend talk about it for days afterward.”

-– Marie Ginga, People Encouraging People day program, Baltimore, MD


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