What Is In Our Own Voice?

• A presentation by consumers that creates awareness about what is involved in recovery from mental illness.
• A powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness.
• An opportunity for consumers to gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and income while serving as role models for the community.
• Living proof that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.

The Presentation

• Hear from people who have struggled with disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe mental illnesses.
• A brief video features consumers speaking about the topics of Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills, and Successes, Hopes, and Dreams.
• Gain insight into how people with serious mental illnesses cope with the realities of their disorders while reclaiming productive lives.
• Ask questions from the real experts — the consumers are the ones who “have been there.”
• A Take Home Folder is distributed to all attendees, which includes resources and an opportunity for program evaluation.

The Audience

• Consumers…in day programs, inpatient settings, support groups, and other community settings who can share, learn, and find hope for successful living.
• Family and friends…who may need further reassurance of the possibility of recovery for their loved ones.
• Health care providers…who desire strengthened communication with their clients and improved outcomes.
• Law enforcement officials…to increase awareness of and sensitivity to behaviors triggered by mental illness.
• Faith communities…to increase responsiveness to people with mental illnesses who may first turn to their spiritual community for guidance.
• Students…of various age levels, who wish to expand their knowledge of living with mental illness.
• Any community or civic organization…who may be interested in learning more about mental illnesses and recovery.

Why Must We Have This Program?

• Raises awareness in communities about recovery from mental illness
• Empowers consumers by providing a path to recovery
• Presents the real face of mental illness
• Combats stigma by opening dialogue
• Provides supported employment opportunities for consumers
• Increases visibility of NAMI as a resource

For additional information on this program, or any of NAMI Rochester’s other offerings, please email us at info@namirochester.org or call (585) 423-1593.