National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Community Outreach and Education


In Our Own Voice

“The presenters themselves are a living testimony of mental illness and successes, hopes and dreams.” - response to In Our Own Voice

NAMI In Our Own Voice is a free presentation designed to shatter negative stereotypes against people with mental illness.  It is a unique presentation in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and achieving recovery.  The presentation also features a DVD with eight other individuals from diverse backgrounds sharing the impact of and recovery from mental health challenges.

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Opening Minds Mobile Workshop

The Opening Minds Mobile Workshop is NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore's newest outreach program.  The workshop is a free hour long presentation is multifaceted and includes audience participation, information presentation, discussion with individuals living with mental illness in a relaxed atmosphere the facilitates question-asking.  This workshop seeks to address and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness, to educate individuals about mental illness, and to increase community awareness of the programs and support services provided by NAMI.  If you are interested in bringing this workshop to your organization, please contact Caitlin Mulrine at or (410) 435-2600.


Working with Families in Crisis

This workshop is led by a trained family member and will help crisis workers work more effectively with family members dealing with the trauma of mental illness. The workshop will provide specific and practical strategies to extract useful collateral information while de-escalating a crisis situation.

Virtual Voices

This experiential workshop includes a 45 minute segment in which participants are hooked up to individual CD players with earphones and are assigned simple tasks which they must perform while “hearing” auditory hallucinations.  A mandatory briefing and de-briefing allows the audience to put this experience into context and to apply it to their interactions with persons with psychiatric disabilities.  This workshop is not for persons hearing voices themselves or family members who might find it too upsetting. A fee is required for this workshop.

Additional NAMI Programs

Fairs and Festivals

Trained family members share briefly their experiences dealing with mental illness, answer questions, give facts about mental illness, and distribute resource materials. 

Monthly Information Meetings

Our monthly public information meetings feature expert speakers on topics ranging from de-escalating aggressive behavior to psychiatric medications and children. We also host other community events and fundraisers throughout the year.  Learn more >> 

For more information or to schedule an educational program please contact Renee Stainrod, Community Outreach and Education Staff, 410-435-2600 or