Peer Programs

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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 (IOOV) is a unique public education program in which presentations consist of two trained speakers sharing their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery. Audiences range from individuals living with mental health challenges, students of all ages, law enforcement officials and faith community members, to veterans and service providers.

This free, 90-minute, interactive presentation provides audiences a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental health diagnosis while offering hope and providing insight into the fact that recovery is possible for people with mental illness.

Download an IOOV Information 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 Learning How to Share Your Personal Recovery Story? Become a NAMI In Our Own Voice presenter.

To become an IOOV presenter, individuals must complete a mandatory, two-day training. The training will prepare individuals, using NAMI’s IOOV format, to speak publicly about their illness and the important steps that they have taken on their journey to recovery. Upon completion of the training, presenters will be asked as representatives of NAMI, to share their story with various groups. Trained IOOV presenters will receive stipends from NAMI for each approved, scheduled presentation.

UPCOMING TRAINING | Monday, Sept. 18 & Tuesday, Sept. 19
8:30 am – 5 pm both days, Ross Township, PA 15237

Download and submit an IOOV Presenter ApplicationContact Susan Caban at 412-366-3788 to inquire about upcoming trainings.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy: Telling your Story

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is 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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