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Mental illness, recovery to be discussed Sept. 26

NAMIThe National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present a program — In Our Own Voice (IOOV) — Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Main Library. The guest speaker will be NAMI’s Milo Turk.

IOOV is a NAMI program, designed to train individuals with various mental health conditions to give presentations about their illness and recovery.

The program is a powerful tool for community education and reducing stigma by putting a human face on an often misunderstood area of human suffering.

The program is intended to help reduce the discrimination often faced by people who deal with mental health illnesses and issues, those who care about them, and those who care for them. One or two program speakers go to a location, and present their first-hand lived experience, backed by other presenters appearing on a DVD. The live and taped presenters speak about their dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, and successes, hopes and dreams. With questions and answers, which the presenters are trained to deal with, the program takes approximately one hour.