Voice Your Story
In Our Own Voice
NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate the individual realities of living with mental illness. You 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.
What You Should Expect
Led by a team of two trained presenters who are living in recovery from mental illness.
- Includes stories, videos and discussion.
Why You Should Attend
- More accurate view of a stigmatized and misunderstood experience.
- Humanized perception of what people living with mental illness are like.
- Concrete examples of what living in recovery means.
- Opportunity to ask questions in a safe and friendly environment.
Whether you have contact with mental illness in a professional capacity or want to learn more on a personal level, your interest and questions are welcome. Your participation also provides a valuable opportunity to the speakers; an opportunity to gain confidence as they share their experience of recovery and transformation.
What Others Say About IOOV
“Amazing presentation with amazing presenters!!! Thank you for taking time out of your day to educate us – so helpful and informative. You 100 percent 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 [after seeing the presentation].” – Audience member
“Participating in the IOOV 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 presenter
Find a Presentation
- Contact NAMI Greenville for details on upcoming presentations, to request a presentation be delivered at your business, community organization, school, etc., or on how to become a NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter!
- Learn about other NAMI Education, Training and Peer Support programs.
- Call NAMI Greenville: 864.331.3300
Rehinge is a local Greenville, SC organization that was created by Paton Blough to help stand up for those with mental illness. The purpose of Rehinge is to provide hope, education, and spiritual inspiration for all people affected with mental health issues and to fight stigma while pushing for global mental health reform.
Rehinge was conceptualized while thinking about common phrases that are often used in regards to those with mental illness. “That person is off their hinges” or, “That guy is unhinged” are a couple of sayings used that only further stigma towards people with mental illness. In an effort to turn this stigma around, the concept of Rehinge was born. If being mentally ill is to be unhinged, then to be rehinged is to find ways to work with one’s mental condition. Rehinging refers to fitting a new binding on a book, or new hinges on a door. To help those with mental illness to find new ways of renewing themselves is a worthy goal of Rehinge.