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In Our Own Voice

 

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

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 students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.

Anyone familiar with mental illness knows that recovery is not a singular event, but a multi-dimensional, multi-linear journey characterized more by the mindset of the one taking the journey than by his or her condition at any given moment along the way.

Understanding recovery as having several dimensions makes its uneven course easier to accept. Much as we don’t blame the cancer patient for dying of invasive tumors, we can’t condemn anyone whose symptoms from time to time overtake his or her best efforts to manage illness.

For more information or to schedule an IOOV presentation for your group, organization or school please call the NAMI Southwest Ohio office at (513) 351-3500 or email info@namiswoh.org.

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