Two trained In Our Own Voice speakers share compelling and personal testimonies of living with and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness. Audience participation and discussion are encouraged, and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation. By broadening people’s knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear, and judgement with insight, awareness, and acceptance. The In Our Own Voice presentation can be adapted to meet the special needs of the audience upon request.
This presentation provides:
- An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
- A chance to ask leaders questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions
- The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals
- Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community
What People Are Saying
“Amazing presentation with amazing presenters! You 100% erased any stigma I used to associate with mental illness.” - Audience member
“Several of the mental health staff stated that they saw recovery as a real option—for the first time ever.” - Audience member
“Presenting this 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.” - IOOV Program Leader
Are you 18 or older and living with a mental health condition? Have you engaged in treatment and are in a positive and stable place? Are you interested in sharing your story with others to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions?
Click here to fill out an In Our Own Voice speaker application!