NYC Metro Presentations

In Our Own Voice is a unique and powerful public presentation that offers insight into the hope and recovery possible for people living with mental illness.

In Our Own Voice
presentations change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, flexible, 60-minute presentation.

Range of Audiences

  • Business office
  • Civic Group
  • Club House/ Peer Run Organization
  • College / University
  • Community Meeting Place
  • Consumer/ Day Program
  • Court/Legal Office
  • Faith-based group
  • Group Home
  • Hospital
  • Law Enforcement Agency/ CIT
  • Library
  • Mental Health Facility
  • Political Organization
  • Prison
  • Veterans Administration
  • Schools, including K-12, medical, & social work
  • Shelter

Program Features

In Our Own Voice adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you with:


  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.


  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.

To schedule an In Our Own Voice presentation for your organization or business, please fill out this IOOV Request Form and email it to

Interested in becoming an In Our Own Voice presenter?

Applications to attend the NAMI NY State In Our Own Voice Presenter Training for 2017 are now open!

Applications are only open once a year so get in quick to make the most of this unique advocacy opportunity!

Please complete the IOOV Presenter Application – June, 2017 and send to our In Our Own Voice Coordinator, Matt Dobbs, at

Please submit your applications with the subject “IOOV Presenter Application 2017” BY 6:00pm, Friday, April 21.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of interest and limited spaces available, we cannot send every applicant up to the training in Albany. Upon reviewing each application, a shortlist of candidates will be created for a follow-up phone interview. Applicants will be notified by 6:00pm Friday, April 28, whether they have been selected for a phone interview.

Phone interviews will be conducted by the In Our Own Voice Coordinator, Matt Dobbs, and will run from Monday, May 1 to Friday, May 12. The following week, starting May 15, applicants will be notified whether they have been accepted into the training up in Albany.

The training will be held over the weekend of June 24-25. Trainees will need to be in Albany on the prior Friday evening, June 23, so that we can start fresh and on-time on Saturday. You MUST be able to attend this weekend for your application to be accepted.

Good luck! We’re excited to hear from you!