In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program developed by National Alliance for Mental Illness, in which two trained mental health consumers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illnesses and achieving recovery. Friends sponsors and coordinates IOOV presenters in Loudoun County. Understanding recovery as having several dimensions makes its uneven course easier to accept. Much as we dont blame the cancer patient for dying of invasive tumors, we cant condemn a consumer whose symptoms overtake his or her best efforts to manage illness. Presentations are given to consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups. All presentations are offered free of charge.