In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because the more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.

IOOV presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups. All presentations are offered free of charge. Groups or organizations in Austin that are interested in seeing a presentation may request one by contacting the NAMI Austin office or returning an application form.

Fall 2015 Training

Find a flyer for the Training here.

December 5 and 6, Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Austin State Hospital Campus, Canteen/Nifty Fifty Diner, 4110 Guadalupe St.

  • Training, materials and meals provided at no cost.
  • Prospective presenters are adults living in recovery with a mental health condition
  • Presenters must be NAMI members or be willing to become members

Click here to download an application. Applicants are required to submit an application and participate in a phone interview with a NAMI In Our Own Voice state trainer to confirm applicant meets required criteria to present.

Return application by email to or mail to P.O. Box 302398, Austin 78703.