In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a powerful presentation that aims to change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes about people living with mental health conditions. Two trained presenters with lived experience of a mental health condition talk openly about their experiences and how they have found pathways to hope and healing. Audience members have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about mental health, and challenge misconceptions.

The presentation is offered free of charge and is appropriate for diverse audiences, including family members, friends, mental health professionals, and people diagnosed with mental health conditions. IOOV presentations are available for businesses, hospitals, high schools, colleges and universities, communities of faith, community organizations, and more.

Download an In Our Own Voice brochure (pdf – opens in a new tab).


Scheduling an IOOV Presentation

We are now offering in-person AND virtual In Our Own Voice presentations! To schedule a presentation for your group, business, or organization:

Upcoming NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentations - Open to the Public
Join us for a virtual In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presentation! Registration is required.

Below are upcoming presentations that are open to the general public. We hope you’ll join us! Registration is required for virtual presentations.

Most IOOV presentations are privately hosted by individual business, organizations, and groups. Contact us for more information or to schedule your presentation!

Virtual In Our Own Voice Presentation
hosted by NAMI Massachusetts

Thursday, June 8, 2023 
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Volunteer with In Our Own Voice

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is presented by trained speakers who share their experiences living with a mental health condition. We especially encourage you to apply if:

  • You have had police encounters related to your mental health journey
  • You are a veteran of the armed forces
  • You are Asian, Black or Latinx
  • You speak Spanish or another language
  • You have a diverse life experience: LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, formerly incarcerated individuals, etc.

In Our Own Voice Speaker Training flyer (pdf)

In Our Own Voice Speaker Training Application

Support for this program is provided in part by:
Contact us for more information about NAMI In Our Own Voice:

Michelle Ward-Gilles, Ed.M.
Division Director, Community Education & Outreach


Sarah Ford, MSW, MTS
Senior Manager, Community Education & Outreach


Kyrie Mohammed
Program Associate, Community Education & Outreach