NAMI NYC 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 changes attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with a mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, flexible, 60- or 90-minute presentation. They’re currently being offered virtually!

In Our Own Voice presentations can take place at…

  • Business offices
  • Civic group meetings
  • Churches
  • Club houses and other peer run organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community meeting places
  • Court/legal offices
  • Faith-based group meetings
  • Group homes
  • Hospitals
  • Law enforcement agencies/CITs
  • Libraries
  • Mental health facilities
  • Political organizations
  • Prisons
  • Schools, including K-12, medical, and social work
  • Shelters
  • Veterans Administration sites

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.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.

To schedule a virtual In Our Own Voice presentation for your business or organization, please fill out this Request Form. We receive a high volume of requests, so please fill out the form completely and submit your request at least three weeks before your desired date.  Have questions? Contact us at