Mental illness: "In Our Own Voice"

January 29, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Ford Life Sciences Building, room 113

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. The speakers take their audience on a journey discussing their dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills and successes, hopes and dreams. The McAuley School of Nursing will sponsor guest speakers from the Detroit NAMI chapter for this IOOV event, which is open to the entire UDM community.

In Our Own Voice presentations not only raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental illness, but they also provide an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and share their individual experiences of recovery.

At the end of the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. The more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.

This event is an excellent opportunity to create awareness within our community of the isolation and disparity experienced by individuals and families dealing with mental illness. We sincerely hope you can promote and join us for this important event.

Find out more about the In Our Own Voice program in this NAMI video on YouTube.

The featured guest speakers for this event will be:

  • Nikki Rashes
    Rashes serves on the executive board of National Alliance on Mental Illness Metro (NAMI Metro) as recording secretary. She has a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. Nikki's passion for NAMI in general, and In Our Own Voice in particular, arises out of her own struggles with mental illness, which began at the age of 19.
  • Michael Buatti
    Buatti is a consumer who has been involved in planning and hosting the Consumer Council's monthly meetings and writing articles for the NAMI newsletter. He spent over 20 years in the telecommunications industry working in sales/account management and professional engineering for companies such as Verizon Business, Avaya, Verizon Wireless and Ford Motor Company.

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Contact: Katherine Marshall, assistant professor of Nursing