In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, NAMI Orange County's Office will be closing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th. We will also be closed for the entire day on both Thursday and Friday. We will reopen again on Monday, November 30th at 9 a.m.


Presentations by those who are recovering from mental illness are designed to raise awareness and reduce stigma by providing a dialogue on the issues related to recovery from severe mental illness.

In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness is a recovery education presentation given by trained consumer presenters for other consumers, family members, friends, professionals, and lay audiences.

A brief, yet comprehensive interactive presentation about mental illness--including video, personal testimony, and discussion--enriches the audience's understanding of how people with these serious disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.


In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness is a practical tool to educate and increase awareness about the true nature of brain disorders, commonly known as mental illnesses. The presentation covers issues frequently faced by those dealing with severe mental illnesses:
  • Dark days
  • Acceptance
  • Treatment
  • Coping strategies
  • Successes, Hopes and Dreams

In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness is a unique presentation that offers insight into the hope and recovery now possible for people with severe mental illness--presented by people who have been there.


What makes this program unique is the human face it puts on mental illness. Hear from people who have struggled themselves with disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other severe mental illnesses. They invite you into discusssion as they share their personal experiences.

In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness shatters stereotypes about people with severe mental illnesses. Learn from men and women whose lives were interrupted by illness, but who are now role models for hope and recovery.


  • Consumers - share, learn, and find hope for living successfully with your illness
  • Family members - discover the possiblity of recovery for your own loved one
  • Health providers - strengthen communication with your clients and improve outcomes
  • Law enforcement officials - increase awareness of and sensitivity to behaviors triggered by mental illness
  • Faith community - increase responsiveness to people with mental illness who may first turn to their spiritual community for guidance
  • Any community or civic organization interested in learning more about mental illness

NAMI will help you schedule an In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness presentation.

A NAMI coordinator will meet with you to discuss your needs and to arrange a presentation at a time and location convenient for your group. You provide the audience and NAMI will provide the trained presenter. Our only requirement is a VCR and a monitor. Audience size varies. Ideally, the program runs from 60 to 90 minutes to allow for ample discussion time. All participants receive a take-home folder that includes fact sheets on topics covered in the presentation and additional NAMI resource materials.

For more information or to schedule presentations,
please contact Kristen PanKratz at:
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