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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

Upcoming NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentations

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

September IOOV Presentation

Tuesday, September 12th
5 pm – 6 pm

October IOOV Presentation

Thursday, October 12th
5 pm – 6 pm

Most IOOV presentations are privately hosted by individual businesses, schools and universities, organizations, and other groups. Contact us for more information or to schedule your presentation.

Want to schedule 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:

Become a Trained Speaker for NAMI In Our Own Voice

NAMI Massachusetts is looking for individuals willing to share their personal story of living with a mental health condition with audiences such as hospitals, police departments, schools, universities, workplaces, faith communities and more. We host several trainings for new speakers each year and dates will be publicized as they are scheduled. If you are interested in becoming a trained volunteer speaker for NAMI In Our Own Voice, please review the NAMI In Our Own Voice Volunteer Job Description and complete our online application form. A member of our team will contact individuals who have submitted applications prior to the next scheduled training. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Sarah Ford at

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