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In Our Own Voice

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique recovery education presentation, given by trained consumer presenters who their personal stories. IOOV is also an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Presentations can be given to any organization or group, including consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups.

In Our Own Voice speaker fees and mileage expenses are paid by NAMI Missouri through a SAMHSA grant.  For information on scheduling In Our Own Voice presenters, contact NAMI Missouri Director of Consumer Services Alice Kliethermes. Additional information on the presentations and content is available through the National NAMI In Our Own Voice program page.

In Our Own Voice Presenter Training

Event Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 (Participants may arrive the night before.)
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Best Western Plus Capital Inn, 1937 Christy Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Registration Deadline: August 27, 2018

To apply: Complete the NAMI Missouri In Our Own Voice Training Application

For more information: See the NAMI Missouri letter to interested participants

About the Training: This training is for individuals living with mental illness who would like to participate in the NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentation Program. The training is provided at no cost with all expenses, including travel, meals and lodging, covered using a grant issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services through SAMHSA. The training is limited to 16 participants.

About the In Our Own Voice Program: Individuals living with mental illness deliver interactive, stigma-reducing presentations to groups and organization. Presenters work in groups of two. The presentations also include a video component and group discussion. Presenters are eligible to receive a $30 speaker fee and mileage reimbursements upon submission of required documents to NAMI Missouri. For additional program information, visit the NAMI Missouri In Our Own Voice program page or the National In Our Own Voice program page.

Questions? Contact Alice Kliethermes, Director of Consumer Services, at

In Our Own Voice Presenter Training


Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

Date: September 29, 2018

In Our Own Voice downloadable forms

For participant use only 

(select form name to view/ print/ download)

NAMI STL IOOV evaluation form  (for use in St. Louis area presentations only)


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