NAMI California is involved in the special CalMHSA Anti-Stigma Arts Network Project. The Arts Network Project is designed to promote anti-stigma and discrimination messages regarding mental illness through various forms of art (including: visual, performing, decorative, written, spoken, etc.). The goal of the project is to promote a better understanding of stigma and recovery, while advocating the use of creative expression as a healing tool.
The project includes three In Our Own Voice (IOOV) Presenter Trainings. IOOV is one of NAMI’s Signature Programs, which offers insight into the recovery possible for people living with mental illness. An IOOV presentation is delivered by two trained speakers sharing their personal stories of living with a mental illness and their journey to wellness and recovery.
The first presenter training for this project is scheduled for November 23-24, 2013 in Campbell, CA. NAMI California is currently seeking, to participate in the training, individuals (18 years and older) with experience in using creative expression as a tool to maintaining wellness and recovery. The training is absolutely free. Meals will be provided and/or costs will be reimbursed for all attendees. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for eligible participants.
The advantages of becoming an IOOV presenter include:
- Providing encouragement and hope to individuals and/or family members experiencing the effects of mental illness
- Helping to inspire and motivate others
- Developing and/or enhancing leadership and public speaking skills
- Networking opportunities
- A paid a stipend for each presentation given
If you or someone that you know might be interested in participating in this upcoming training, please contact Veronica J. Delgado, Community Engagement Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 567-0163 to request an application.
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