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What is IOOV?

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.

The program was started with a grant from Eli Lily and Company.

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. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because 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.

IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.

All presentations are offered free of charge.

 

NAMI Ending the Silence is an in-school presentation about mental health designed for high school students. Students can learn about mental illness directly from family members and individuals living with mental illness themselves.

What You Should Expect:

  • Fifty-minute presentation is free of cost.
  • Designed for high school students and typically offered in a freshman/sophomore health, science or psychology class.
  • Led by a team of trained presenters including a young adult living in recovery from mental illness.
  • Includes presenter stories, educational slides, videos and discussion.

Please contact the Education Program Director at (601) 899-9058 or education@namims.org  for details on upcoming presentations, to request a presentation be delivered at your business, community organization, school, etc., or on how to become a NAMI Ending the Silence Presenter!

 

NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies is an in-service mental health presentation for current and future school personnel. It familiarizes you with the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents. You will learn how to support students experiencing mental health challenges and how to effectively partner with families to connect these students to services early.

What You Should Expect:

  • Free one-to-two hour presentation includes presenter stories and group discussion.
  • Team of trained presenters represents a spectrum of experiences. Their perspectives include:
    • Education professional.
    • Parent of a child who lives with mental illness.
    • Individual living with mental illness who had symptoms as a child/adolescent.
  • Describes key ways education professionals can promote student success:
    • Identify needs and link youth with services early.
    • Communicate effectively with families.
    • Examples of classroom accommodations to create a supportive learning environment for students with mental illness.

 

What is NAMI Provider Education?

The NAMI Provider Education Program is a 5-week course that presents a penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly with people experiencing severe and persistent mental illnesses.

The course helps providers realize the hardships that families and consumers face and appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with and recover from mental illness.

How is the Provider Education course unique?

The Provider Course emphasizes the involvement of consumers and family members as faculty in provider-staff training.  The teaching team consists of five people:

  • Two family members trained as Family-to-Family Education Program teachers;
  • Two consumers who are knowledgeable about their own mental illness, have a supportive relationship with their families, and are dedicated to the process of recovery; and
  • A mental health professional who is also a family member or consumer.

Few teaching programs employ consumers in this kind of sustained training effort in which they are paid to participate on a teaching team as they present a 5-week course.

The course reflects a new knowledge base — the “lived experiences” of people coping with a mental illness or caring for someone who lives with a mental illness.  Including this deeply personal perspective creates an appreciable difference in the program’s content.  It adds a means of teaching the emotional aspects and practical consequences of these illnesses to the academic medical information in the course.

 

NAMI on Campus

NAMI on Campus provides information and resources to support students’ mental health and to empower them to take action on their college campuses. It helps to ensure that all students have positive, successful and fun college experiences.

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