In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a program presented by two individuals who have received NAMI-provided training and are willing to share their personal stories about living with mental illness and the road to recovery. IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, health care providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups. This program also provides an opportunity for those who have a mental health condition 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 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. Through IOOV presentations, many individuals also learn of resources available to them or others in their circle of family and friends.
IOOV presentations also help reduce stigma that too often prevents people from seeking proper treatment and support. Understanding mental illnesses as treatable, biological conditions allow people to relate these illnesses to other chronic, but manageable, illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease.