Monthly Archives: May 2009

Delinquent Blogger

Wow, I’ve had quite the vacation from the blog!

Mostly I talk about bead stuff here, but today I think I’ll talk about something a little different.

This last weekend I spent in Montgomery training for a NAMI program called In Our Own Voice. This is something I decided to do last year when I was at the NAMI convention but due to the vicissitudes of life and funding of a non-profit organization, the training didn’t happen until a couple of days ago. As a result, I had forgotten why I wanted to do this. I’m still trying to figure that out.

Basically, the program consists of five short video segments (of a professionally produced video provided by NAMI National) with personal stories told by the two presenters (in 3 minutes or less each) and questions from the audience in between each video segment. The video segments are: Introduction, Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Successes Hopes and Dreams. The whole program is about an hour to an hour and half. In Our Own Voice is intended for audiences such as: Consumers (people who consume mental health services), Providers (mental health providers), Family members, Law Enforcement, School groups, Church groups, Civic groups, etc.

I think the program is a good one, and the presenters get paid for each program we do – not much, but it is something. It is a powerful program and has been shown – I don’t have citations for this, but I’ll work on getting one – to reduce stigma in the audiences that participate in the program. It has also given hope to people living with mental illness that recovery is possible. I’ve been very impressed with the two presentations that I’ve seen – each is different because each person has their own story.

I don’t think I’m quite ready to do a presentation. I need to flush out my story and practice – quite a bit. But, I think this is something that I am capable of – as they say I am an expert on my own story. And there will be someone else there to back me up as it were – I like that. Still the thought of getting up in front of a group of people – any group – and talking about this is a little daunting.

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