Second Annual NAMI Presentation

                                                                   IN OUR OWN VOICE
                                          A National Alliance on Mental Illness
Signature Program
                                                               Monday, February
9, 2015 
                                                              Ford Life Sciences
Room 113

In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI
(National Alliance on Mental Illness), in which two trained speakers share
compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving
recovery.  The speakers take their audience on a journey discussing their dark
days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills and successes, hopes and dreams.

IOOV is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to gain
confidence and share their individual experiences of recovery while raising
awareness and reducing stigma in their communities.   

IOOV presentations are given to individuals who are dealing with a mental
illness, students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith
community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and any interested civic

Our Speakers this year are:

Kristen Famiano was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2003 at the age of 29 and
prides herself in being honest and open about her successes and setbacks in
recovery. She was featured in the January 2013 issue of Woman's Day magazine in
an article titled, "We are Living Proudly with Bipolar Disorder." Kristen works
as a counselor at Romeo High School and is a proud participant in the Prechter
Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder. Kristen is a Past President of
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Metro Detroit and is a current
support group leader.

John Lynn grew up in Royal Oak and graduated from Michigan State University with
a degree in Advertising.  He has dealt with mental illness most of his life. 
His mom was hospitalized for mental illness several times for months at a time
when he was growing up and had a profound impact on his life. Shortly after
graduating from MSU, John experienced a couple of hospitalizations and was
diagnosed with Manic Depression, now known as Bipolar Disorder.  He has been
hospital-free for 26 ½ years and leads a full life.  He has been married for
over 20 years and has two children.  He works as a peer support specialist in
supported employment.  He also works a community health education instructor,
teaching a class for expectant fathers.  John is an active member of
Toastmasters International and NAMI Metro, where he is an IOOV speaker and state
trainer. He shares his personal experience to inspire and educate others on
mental illness, recovery and stigma.

The presentation is free of charge. Participants will be provided verification
of attendance which may be used to confirm attendance for a course encouraging
and supporting this learning event.
Faculty are encouraged to support attendance at this unique learning opportunity
for students enrolled in their courses

Questions may be directed to MSON faculty:
Katherine Marshall @ marshaka@udmercy 
Andrea Kwasky @

 Katherine A. Marshall, DNPc, PMHCNS-BC
 Assistant Professor 
 McAuley School of Nursing
 University of Detroit Mercy
 4001 West McNichols Road
 Detroit, MI 48221-3038
 Office: College of Health Professions  #429
 Office Phone: 313-578-0459
 Fax: 313-993-1271

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