Peer Programs


Peer Programs

Peer support and education can be very significant tools in a person’s journey to recovery. NAMI’s peer education programs draw on the individual’s own experiences to promote wellness, hope and recovery. Presentations and workshops give participants an opportunity to gain tangible resources as well as deeper understanding of one’s personal recovery path.

NAMI In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness

NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes through the power of personal stories. This free, 90-minute, interactive presentation provides audiences a first-hand account what its like to live with a mental health diagnosis while offering hope and providing insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness.

NAMI IOOV presentations provide:

  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that hope and recovery is possible for individuals who have a mental health diagnosis.

This presentation is appropriate for peer groups, community organizations, educational settings and mental health professionals. Download an In Our Own Voice flyer for more information. If you would like to host a presentation for your group, please contact Susan Caban at 412-366-3788 or

Interested in sharing your personal recovery story?

To become a NAMI IOOV presenter, you must attend a mandatory, 2-day training. Download a training flyer and a presenter application for information. Contact Susan Caban at 412-366-3788 to inquire about upcoming trainings.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy: Telling your Story

A 6.5-hour skill-building workshop that assists individuals with developing an effective way to tell their stories and present the facts to encourage legislative action. The curriculum includes three main components and can be presented individually: Telling your Story, Contacting your Policymaker and Meeting your Policymaker.

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