In Our Own Voice
NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of living with mental illness. You gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery. NAMI In Our Own Voice can change attitudes, preconceived notions and stereotypes regarding mental illness. What You Should Expect
- The In Our Own Voice program and its impact on participant’s lives….in their own voice
- Sixty to 90 minutes long, open to the general public, free of charge.
- Led by a team of two trained presenters who are living in recovery from mental illness.
- Includes stories, videos and discussion.
Why You Should Attend
- More accurate view of a stigmatized and misunderstood experience.
- Humanized perception of what people living with mental illness are like.
- Concrete examples of what living in recovery means.
- Opportunity to ask questions in a safe and friendly environment.
Whether you have contact with mental illness in a professional capacity or want to learn more on a personal level, your interest and questions are welcome. Your participation also provides a valuable opportunity to the speakers; an opportunity to gain confidence as they share their experience of recovery and transformation. Please contact the Education Program Director at (601) 899-9058 or firstname.lastname@example.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 In Our Own Voice Presenter!
Ending the Silence
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 email@example.com 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!
Parents and Teachers as Allies
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.
The NAMI Provider Education program helps people who work with individuals living with mental illness understand the experience of mental illness from individual and family perspectives. Through exposure to personal stories, participants may gain tools that increase their empathy and professional skills thereby improving patient care.
What You Should Expect
- Meets for 2.5 hours for five sessions.
- Additional course format options are available if necessary.
- Designed for people who work directly with individuals living with mental illness.
- Includes emergency room staff, social workers, law enforcement, guidance counselors, public defenders, peer specialists and more.
- Taught by a trained team representing a spectrum of lived experience of mental illness.
- Incorporates lectures, discussion and interactive exercises.
- Includes Competent Caring: Psychiatric Emergency Response Training for Health Care Staff
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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