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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

  • Parents and Teachers as Allies: Be part of a four-person team who goes into local schools to share your experience of being a parent of a child or adolescent who had signs of or was diagnosed with mental illness during the school years.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family: Become a trained NAMI Family-to-Family (or NAMI Basics or NAMI Homefront) 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

  • Parents and Teachers as Allies: Be part of a four-person team who goes into local schools to share your experience of having signs of or being diagnosed with mental illness during your school years.
  • 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 if they suspect they have 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.
  • 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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