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NAMI Glendale offers an array of interesting and informative speakers programs for tailored or specific audiences, as well as public events and conferences, all of which are provided free of charge to the community

NAMI Glendale offers an array of interesting and informative speakers for tailored or specific audiences, as well as public events and conferences, all of which are provided at no cost to the community.


NAMI In Own Voices speakers

NAMI In Our Own Voice
(IOOV) presentations change attitudes, assumptions and ideas about people with mental health conditions. These free, 40-, 60- or 90-minute speaker programs provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as speakers with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to have a mental health condition.

This presentation provides:

  • An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
  • A chance to ask speakers questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions
  • The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals
  • Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community


What People Are Saying

  • “Amazing presentation with amazing presenters! You 100% erased any stigma I used to associate with mental illness.” -Audience member
  • “Several of the mental health staff stated that they saw recovery as a real option—for the first time ever.” -Audience member
  • “Presenting this program is the single most effective thing I am doing to maintain my mental health. Time after time, I see the audience respond with curiosity and interest. I know I am changing the face of mental illness and that I have transformed my pain into the power to make a difference.” -IOOV Program Leader


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 949-274-9728, or send an email to

NAMI Ending the Silence speakers

NAMI Ending the Silence
is an engaging presentation for schools that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition from speakers who have been there themselves.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation, and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their 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 end stigma.

What Your Audience Will Get

  • Offered at no-cost to schools and communities
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute 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. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff


What People Are Saying

  • “I’m really grateful and glad that [the speakers] talked to us. I often feel very alone or weird because many kids my age don’t understand. But, now I’m sure they would be more supportive of me.” -Student
  • “Thank you, Renee, for coming to my school and sharing your story. You have changed my life forever. The things you explained about your depression relate to how I feel. When I got home, I immediately talked to my parents and hopefully I will get some help.” -Student
  • “It is amazing what just one day, one talk can do. You never really know what’s going on in the brain of any particular student.” -Teacher
  • “Recently parents from two different families reached out to me after their children had seen NAMI Ending the Silence. Both were thanking me for the work we do along with being grateful to know about us as a resource. They were able to have very meaningful and open conversations with their children/students and happy they are getting this information in the school setting.” -ETS Program Leader


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

NAMI Family & Friends speakers

Family & Friends

NAMI Family & Friends, offered as either a 4-hour seminar or a 90-minute presentation, is a program which informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition: family members, partners/spouses, caretakers, and friends. Participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation and NAMI resources. Seminar leaders are speakers who have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families.

This program provides participants with the opportunity to learn about mental health directly from the families of people with a mental health condition. By engaging with peers in  discussion about mental health, participants realize they’re not alone.

Family & Friends is designed for anyone age 18 years or older who have loved ones with a mental illness. Youth ages 14 and older may  attend provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants receive an eBook (also available as a printed manual) with mental health information and resources. They also receive information regarding programs and services offered by NAMI. The goal of this program is to offer participants practical skills and information to address their immediate concerns.

To schedule a presentation, please contact our Education Coordinator, Sylvia Gil, by sending an email to

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