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Share Your Story

How has mental illness affected you? What is your story?

At NAMI, we believe that sharing your story makes a difference. When you share your story, you:

  • Help eliminate stigma
  • Begin much-needed conversations about mental illness
  • Strengthen your own efforts at recovery
  • Show individuals what being in recovery means
  • Give others the courage to share their stories and seek the help they need

We offer multiple ways for you to share your story.

If you are a family member

  • NAMI Family-to-Family: Become a trained NAMI Family-to-Family (or NAMI Basics, NAMI Homefront, or Hope for Recovery) instructor. You’ll use your own experience to help other families affected by mental illness.
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer: Share your story during one of our NAMI Peer-to-Peer classes. You’ll speak briefly, giving your perspective on having a loved one living with mental illness.
  • Panel presentations: Go to community groups, college classrooms, churches, and other venues to help others understand what it’s like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

If you live with mental illness

  • Ending the Silence: Share your story in a local middle or high school to help students understand what it’s like to experience symptoms of mental illness while in school. You’ll help students understand how to help a friend and how to seek help for themselves if they notice symptoms of mental illness.
  • In Our Own Voice: As part of this two-person team, you’ll speak to university students, law enforcement officials, civic organizations, churches, businesses, and other groups who want to know more about the experience of mental illness.
  • Good for Business: Share your story of dealing with mental health issues in the workplace. You’ll visit local businesses and share your lived experience as you help promote awareness of mental illness in the workplace.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family: Share your story during one of our NAMI Family-to-Family classes. You’ll speak briefly, giving your perspective on living with mental illness.
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer: Become a trained NAMI Peer-to-Peer instructor. You’ll use your own experience to help others who are learning ways to maintain their recovery.
  • Panel presentations: Go to community groups, college classrooms, churches, and other venues to help others understand what it’s like to live with mental illness.

Interested in sharing your story? Call us at (513) 351-3500 for more information or email us at info@namiswoh.org.

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