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In Our Own Voice

NAMI Putnam’s “In Our Own Voice” (IOOV)

**Due to the current Covid-19 Crisis, the In Our Own Voice Program is currently being put on hold until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.**

NAMI Putnam’s “In Our Own Voice” (IOOV) trained speakers share personal testimonies of living with and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness throughout the county. Audience participation and discussion are encouraged. By expanding people’s knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear, and judgment with insight, awareness, and acceptance. The program is a powerful tool for community education and dispelling stigma by putting a human face on this often misunderstood area of human suffering.

Looking for Presenters!

If you are a consumer, facing the daily challenges of living with a mental illness, and are willing to share your personal story with the general public, we would lke to meet you.

Please call Putnam NAMI at 845-363-1478 and leave a message to set up an interview with Linda Weintraub. Or email the request to

A modest stipend is provided. Must have your own transportation, be available weekdays and have at least six (6) months free of hospital treatment.

Putnam NAMI IOOV Presentations

The following presentations were made in 2013 – 2014:

Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY

NAMI – Family to Family Mahopac, NY

Search For Change Brewster, NY
Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY

St Christophers Inn Garrison, NY
Search For Change Mahopac, NY
Mental Health Association Brewster, NY

Family Support Group Putnam Hospital, Carmel, NY
Partial Program Putnam Hospital, Carmel, NY

How can I schedule an In Our Own Voice presentation for my group?

Call Putnam NAMI at 845-363-1478 and leave a message for Ed Murphy.
Or email

In Our Own Voice Complete Program Description from National NAMI


  • Description
  • History
  • Presentation Topics
  • Six Testimonials plus a video

Link to: National NAMI: In Our Own Voice