In Our Own Voice
Banishing Stereotypes, Claiming the Truth of Today
Despite advances in the understanding of treatment for mental illness, people who live with bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and other severe and persistant conditions continue to face barriers in public attitudes that often deter them from engaging in recovery.
In Our Own Voice presentations enrich the audiences' understanding of how the over 58 million Americans contending with mental illness cope while also reclaiming rich and meaningful lives.
A Model of Hope and Recovery
How are the presentations structured?
Two trained In Our Own Voice speakers share compelling and personal testimonies of living with and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness. Audience participation and discussion are encouraged, and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation. By broadening people's knowledge of mental illness, we replace mis-understanding, fear and judgement with insight, awareness and acceptance.
- Lasts from 60-90 minutes
- Is offered free of charge
- Is delivered to a variety of audiences
- Follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by those dealing with mental illness
Who benefits from In Our Own Voice?
This program is ideal for:
- Human resource departments and corporations
- Health care providers
- Law enforcement professionals
- Faith communities
- Consumer groups
- Any community or civic organization
The In Our Own Voice presentation can be adapted to meet the special needs of the audience upon request.