IN Our own voice

Presentation companion videos

Published March, 2017

Part 1: What Happened

We’ve all heard jokes about people with mental illness, people with mental health conditions. And the last thing I wanted to be was the punchline to someone’s joke.
— Doug Smith, Sacramento, CA


The National Alliance on Mental Illness


Director, Editor




It's estimated that more than 20% of americans are living with a mental health condition.

That means every one of us has a family member, coworker, or friend who has a mental illness - whether we know it or not. NAMI's "In Our Own Voice" program helps regular people - with mental illness or without - understand more about what it's like to live with a mental health condition.

Most "In Our Own Voice" presentations are held at community institutions like schools, libraries, churches and hospitals. The program features two local NAMI presenters - each living with a mental health condition themselves - to speak in a group setting about their journeys with mental health. Those local presenters are supported by this three part video series that provides structure to the event.

The first part, "What Happened," is featured above. Parts 2 & 3 of the series are available below. 

Part 2: What Helps


Part 3: What's Next