This week I’m feeling much better than I was on Friday and over the weekend. Spending so many days in bed or slouched on the couch did a number on my lower back and hip flexors. I was in extreme pain this morning. Walking around while doing errands seems to have loosened them up again. This morning I got my hair cut and went clothes shopping to prepare for my interview tomorrow at NAMI – Orange County for their In Our Own Voice program. Here is how NAMI describes the program:

NAMI In Our Own Voice

Presentations by those who are recovering from mental illness are designed to raise awareness and reduce stigma by providing a dialogue on the issues related to recovery from severe mental illness.

In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness is a recovery education presentation given by trained consumer presenters for other consumers, family members, friends, professionals, and lay audiences.

A brief, yet comprehensive interactive presentation about mental illness–including video, personal testimony, and discussion–enriches the audience’s understanding of how people with these serious disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.


I love public speaking, but have had little opportunity to do so. My whole life, I loved being on stage and the center of attention. Yes, I was a drama geek, and can be theatrical.

Wish me luck. I’m nervous (and excited)!


28 responses to “In Our Own Voice Interview”

  1. My Pleasure Kitt – I look forward to helping – here is my email address:

    Have a great weekend;


  2. Wow! Mihrank, you are one very generous soul.

    I recently raised money for my local NAMI chapter (, but NAMI does not focus solely on bipolar research.

    To focus on bipolar research, you can donate to

    The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research

    International Bipolar Foundation
    Make sure that you specify that your benefit is for research.

    If you would like me to be your benefit’s liaison with your chosen nonprofit, please let me know and I will see what I can do.

  3. Kitt – I would like to participate in your campaign or to consider fundraising, I will have my entire Musical Group to perform as a donation in any event in regards bipolar research. Let me know. Thank you!

  4. I interviewed to become a volunteer, as in participate in their training and eventually speak In Our Own Voice. But I do have one YouTube video for the You’ve Got This campaign at

  5. Glad it went well. Send me a link on Twitter so I can retweet it!

  6. Thanks. It went well.

  7. Sounds great. Good luck Kitt!

  8. That helps a lot. Got it. Thanks.

  9. The term threw me off, too. It is a term from addiction recovery. Yes, you still have a disease which you manage, but recovery is hopeful. Here is a quote from BRIDGES, Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support, 2006:

    Recovery/Discovery: Building healthy interdependence: Starting to know, “Who I am and what I want to be, who I care about and who cares about me”
    Emotions: Self-acceptance, Appreciation of others, Confidence, Anger at injustice, Assertiveness, Helpfulness to others
    A personal vision: A dream to strive for
    People who appreciate me
    Intimacy: Someone to love
    Meaningful work: A chance to leave footprints
    To advocate for self and others

    Hope that helps. My category pull down list on my home page includes Recovery under Mental Health.

  10. Kitt, this is SO awesome. I looked this morning for a live streaming, but couldn’t find one. Boo-hoo. Glad you’re getting your voice out there – it will help so many others you may not have been able to otherwise reach. Bigtime kudos. Are they going to air it/publish it somewhere? Please let us know when and where.

    As I read over the NAMI website, I wondered about the term “recovery.” Why this term rather than say, management? Example: I don’t expect to ever “recover” from depression or bp2, but I do expect to be able to manage them so I can live a full and productive life. Can you speak to this? I’m sure you probably already have numerous times, but it would help me with the distinction.

  11. Thank you, Diane. It went quite well.

  12. Glad you’re feeling better, and I’m sure you’ll do really well… Diane

  13. Thank you, Mihrank! I will let everyone know how it goes.

  14. Yes. Helpful to hear from others who’ve been there.

  15. I am glad Kitt you are feeling much better – I might not get a reply from you – I wish you will enjoy your introduction. I know you will do great and with great success!

  16. Thank you so much, Ellen.

  17. Sounds like such a wonderful opportunity. It is so empowering to hear empathy and get advice from someone that has had the same experiences.

  18. Mucho good luck! But you’ll be great! You’re a natural.

  19. I understand completely. I need some distance from my audience, and I need it to be an audience. And, I need to recover after social stimulation. I find it both overstimulating and draining.

  20. I’m excited for you. Put me in with a group of people and I can barely get two words out. Put me In front of a group of people to speak to and I’m in heaven. Best of luck on your interview.

  21. Not so sure about revival skills. Never preached at a tent revival. Thanks for your support. Didn’t do MHA training last week. The trainer I was supposed to shadow didn’t call. We’re playing telephone tag. Not sure who’s it.

  22. Glad you feel better, wish you the best of luck!

  23. Good luck! You will do a great job!

  24. I know you will do a fabulous job!!!!! I’ve heard of this program and it would be a wonderful opportunity for you & it sounds like an ideal fit for your skills/passion – someday I may want to give it a shot!

    I’m so proud of you and excited for you, and I hope you know revival skills because you will blow your interviewers away! 😉

  25. Good luck, Kitt!

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