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NAMI Lansing has community presentations for adults and students

In Our Own Voice

In Our Own Voice is an interactive presentation that provide insight into what it's like to live with a mental health condition. Using the structure of What Happened, What Helped, and What's Next, individuals share their stories alongside a NAMI film. Presentations can be tailored from 40 to 90 minutes.

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What should I expect?

  • Engaging presentation with video and discussion.

  • Free of cost to participants.

  • Led by trained individuals who live in recovery with mental illness.

  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended.

Why should I attend?


  • Gain insight in the daily experience of living with mental illness.

  • Recognize that mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions.

  • Discover that recovery is possible.

  • See people living meaningful lives, beyond stereotypes.

  • Discuss questions in a safe environment.

  • Learn the importance of getting involved to help yourself and others.

Ending the Silence

Helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness makes a big difference. We can teach them about the warning signs for themselves and their friends. NAMI Ending the Silence helps raise awareness and change perceptions around mental health conditions.

Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped.

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Why Ending the Silence Matters

  • 1 in 5 kids experiences a mental health condition; only 20% of them actually get help

  • About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school

  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds

  • The earlier the better: early identification and intervention provides better outcomes

What Your Students Get

Moving stories from positive role models have the power to change kids' views. The discussion gives students the rare opportunity to ask questions about mental health challenges to people who have lived it. The presentation’s message of empathy and hope encourages students to actively care for themselves and their friends. It also teaches them it's okay to talk about what they're feeling. NAMI Ending the Silence covers:

  • Early warning signs

  • Facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions

  • When, where and how to get help for themselves or their friends

  • When it’s not okay to keep a secret

What People Are Saying

"The course gave me hope that it will be okay, that I am not alone and reduced a lot of shame, guilt and hopelessness."

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Asking for Help Is a Big Deal

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