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Speaker Programs

NAMIGlendale offers an array of interesting and informative outreach and speakers programs including:

  • In Our Own Voice
  • Parents and Teachers as Allies
  • Ending the Silence
  • Friends and Family

NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV)

unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of living with mental illness. Participants gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness and stay in recovery. NAMI In Our Own Voice can change attitudes, preconceived notions and stereotypes regarding mental illness.

To book an IOOV program for your event, business, community organization, or other group, please fill in the online IOOV request form. Please, make your request at least two weeks in advance of the date you would like a presentation.  To contact the IOOV Coordinator, Sally Sagario, call her at 1-949-274-9728, or send an email to  sally@namilaccc.org.

Presentations for School Communities

NAMI Ending the Silence for Students

is a single class period presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend.

The presentation includes a lead presenter who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Students can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic.

Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes about mental health conditions and seeking help when needed.

NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies (PTAA)

engages with audience members to guide them in learning about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if they or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental illness.

PTAA features a lead person who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares her or his journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to replace fear with understanding and to make sure everyone has fair and equitable access to treatment when needed.

  • PTAA for School Staff is an in-service presentation that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families.
  • PTAA for Families is a presentation for parents and primary caregivers that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff

Both presentations focus on creating a better understanding of the early warning signs in children and adolescents of mental illnesses. They also cover the specific, age-related symptoms of mental illnesses in youth, how best to intervene to link youth with needed services, the experience of youth  with mental illnesses, the family aspects, and how schools can best communicate with families about mental health related concerns.

To set up a presentation for your local school or community, please contact our Education Coordinator, Sylvia Gil, by sending an email to sylvia@namilaccc.com .

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