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Program Information
Program Name: In Our Own Voice
Agency Name: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) MS
Year the Program was Started: 2006
Public Contact Person: Stacey Aldridge
Address: 411 Briarwood Drive
Ste 401
Jackson, MS 39206
Telephone #: 601-899-9058
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Community Education, Recovery Education, Other
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: 3-5
Volunteers: None
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Some
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website, Other
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: The goals of IOOV are to meet the need for consumer- run initiatives, to set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there, to offer genuine work opportunities, to encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters, and to focus on recovery and the message of hope.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.
Additional Information: Consumers who are in successful recovery from mental illness are trained to tell their story and share their experiences to different types of groups. If you are interested in participating as an IOOV presenter please contact the office.

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