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We recognize the importance of being part of the community.  NAMI Montgomery County PA offers various programs to end stigma and educate our communities.  In addition to offering signature NAMI Programming, we are happy to work with colleges, schools, businesses, and community organizations to create a program that will educate, empower, and inspire.  If you are interested in creating a one-of-a-kind presentation for your group, please contact our Executive Director, Abby Grasso, at agrasso@namimontcopa.org.

 

NAMI SIGNATURE PROGRAMS PRESENTED:

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In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

The program was started with a grant from Eli Lily and Company.

IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain confidence and to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.

Throughout the IOOV presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Audience participation is an important aspect of IOOV because the more audience members become involved, the closer they come to understanding what it is like to live with a mental illness and stay in recovery.

IOOV 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.  To schedule an IOOV Presentation for your group, please call the office at 215-361-7784 or email office@namimontcopa.org.

 

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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 an in person 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.

If you are interested in bringing this powerful, informative presentation to your school, please contact our office at 215-361-7784 or email us at office@namimontcopa.org.   Schedule a presesntation today!

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Our Affiliate shares the goodness of NAMI through many different community partnerships and collaborations.  It is through these partnerships that we can have a greater outreach to bring awareness to mental health conditions and help those to live their best lives.

MCES CIS School

NAMI Montgomery County PA is proud to share a close partnership with Montgomery County Emergency Service, Inc.’ s  CIS (Crisis Intervention Specialist) School.

The three day school is provided to all levels of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities to help them understand and deal more effectively with a mentally ill individual. The school focuses on:

  • Introduction To Forensic Mental Health And
    Jail Diversion
  • Overview Of The Mental Health System In
    Pennsylvania (State And County)
  • Mental Health Law And Treatment Options
  • Crisis Intervention
  • NAMI – In Our Own Voice: Living with
    Mental Illness
  • Psychiatric Medication
  • Mental Illness (“Psych-101”)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide Awareness

By incorporating NAMI Programming into the CIS School curriculum we are able to bring awareness and share the impact of living with a mental health condition to foster better understanding and compassion.

Click here for a 4 min. video clip overview of the CIS School:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkwlDvHW3ZE

 

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