NAMI Glendale offers an array of interesting and informative speakers for your event. We can present to tailored or general audiences, as well as at public events and conferences or private settings. We provide these speakers at no cost to the community. Please complete this form if you’d like to book a presentation, or if you need further information about any of our programs.
In Our Own Voice
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. During the presentation, speakers with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to have a mental health condition.
What the Presentation Provides
- An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
- A chance to ask speakers questions. This allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions, as well as dispelling stereotypes and misconceptions
- The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams, and goals
- How to learn more about mental health, and also become 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
Ending the Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation offered at no-cost to schools. It aims helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions. Additionally, it covers what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. These presentations include two speakers who have been there themselves. The first speaker shares an informative presentation, and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. As a result, audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.
Select the Version That’s Right for You
In order to meet your needs, Ending the Silence can be presented to three distinct audiences
- For Students: This 50-minute presentation is for middle and high school students. It includes a discussion of warning signs, facts, and statistics. In addition, students learn 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, as well as towards seeking help
- For School Staff: this 1-hour presentation is designed for school staff members. It includes information about warning signs, facts, and statistics about mental health. In addition, participants learn how to approach students, as well as how to work with families
- For Families: this 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth. It includes information about warning signs, facts, and statistics about mental health. In addition, participants learn how to talk with their child, as well as 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
Family & Friends
Family & Friends is a program which informs and supports people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. This includes family members, partners/spouses, caretakers, and friends. In addition, participants learn about diagnoses, treatment, recovery, communication strategies, crisis preparation, as well as NAMI resources. Seminar leaders are speakers who have personal experience with mental health conditions in their families. Family & Friends can be offered as either a 4-hour seminar or a 90-minute presentation.
This program provides participants with the opportunity to learn about mental health directly from the families of people with a mental health condition. As a result of engaging with peers in a discussion about mental health, participants realize they’re not alone.
Family & Friends is designed for anyone 18 years or older who have loved ones with a mental illness. However, children aged 14 and older may attend if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Participants receive an eBook (also available as a printed manual) with mental health information and resources. Additionally, they receive information regarding programs and services offered by NAMI. In short, we hope this program offers participants with practical skills and information to address their immediate concerns.