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In Our Own Voice Presenter

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ORGANIZATION: NAMI Indiana (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is an opportunity for those in recovery from a serious mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of resilience and transformation. Often that participation, in and of itself, is a strong factor in the sustainability of their recovery process.

NAMI Indiana actively seeks out partnerships with organizations to which IOOV presentations can be made: to others living with serious mental illnesses; students; law enforcement officials and offenders; educators; mental health and medical providers; faith community members; elected officials and public policymakers; nonprofit and business professionals; and other interested civic and community groups.

Throughout an IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Participation is an important aspect of IOOV--as audience members increase their involvement, they increase their understanding of what it is like to live with a serious mental illness and to live in recovery. IOOV is known as a "stigma buster," and we have seen that to be true. For students and providers in the mental health field, these presentations offer a unique, convenient experiential learning experience that accelerates their abilities to treat and relate to those whom they serve. All presentations are offered at no cost.

In Our Own Voice is an important component of our efforts to change the negative attitudes commonly held about mental illness by both those with mental illness and those in the community at large. As stigma breaks down and people start to recover, persons dealing with mental illness seek empowered relationships with peers, family members, and friends who provide critical support. As they speak out, they influence and connect to clinical providers who work with persons and their support networks, not for or against them. IOOV jump starts those dynamics.

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About NAMI Indiana (National Alliance on Mental Illness)


921 E. 86th Street, Suite 130, Indianapolis, IN 46240, US

Mission Statement

NAMI Indiana (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the state's voice on mental illness, dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for persons who are affected by mental illnesses.


NAMI Indiana (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the state's voice on mental illness, dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for persons who are affected by mental illnesses.

NAMI Indiana is a non-profit grassroots organization with a statewide membership of more than 4700. NAMI Indiana has its state office in Indianapolis; it is the umbrella organization for twenty-three affiliates scattered throughout Indiana.

NAMI Indiana is involved in a number of activities and programs including:

  • a helpline and website as sources of support and information
  • comprehensive education programs for family members, consumers of mental health services, and providers including Family to Family, Peer to Peer, NAMI Basics and Provider Education
  • approximately 70 support groups per month across the state for consumers and family members
  • a speaker's bureau with "In Our Own Voice" and "The Biological Basis of Mental Illness" to educate outside organizations and groups
  • a Criminal Justice Training program designed to train prison staff, law enforcement and criminal justice professionals about mental illness
  • an annual Mental Health and Criminal Justice Summit for various stakeholders across the state
  • an annual Meet & Greet Your State Legislator Day at the state capitol
  • an annual State Conference for members and others interested in mental illness


Advocacy & Human Rights
Crisis Support
Education & Literacy
Advocacy & Human Rights, Crisis Support, Education & Literacy


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921 East 86th StreetSuite 130Indianapolis, IN 46240



  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Ongoing commitment.
  • While not a requirement, we are in need of Spanish speaking presenters.

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