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            Over the course of the semester we have examined a
plethora of programs and evaluations. Due to my degree and interest in
psychology, the program that I would like to pick would involve assisting
communities in mental disease prevention. This program should be able to
introduce preemptive measures to assist in concurrent cases as well as seminars
to inform the populace of the community on how to face the dangers of mental
illness. After much research, the prevention program that I am most interested
in is the Los Angelos County Department of Mental Health, specifically, the
program known as “In Our Own Voice”, which is a public education program in which
real people who are or have lived with the debilitating state of mental illness
share their stories of living through/with it and achieving a healthy recovery.


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historic perspective that is provided within this program is        prevention. Prevention programs are
social programs that involve a plethora of activities, movements, or methods
that seek to deter or at least reduce the effects of negative effects of a
particular phenomenon such as drug or alcohol usage, depression, bullying, and
other social woes. In terms of literature review, in “What works in prevention: Principles of effective prevention
programs. (Nation, M., Crusto, C.,Wandersman, (2003). It was stated that there
were 9 characteristics that were consistently associated with effective
prevention programs. This includes the following: The programs must be
comprehensive, including various teaching methods, provided sufficient dosage,
were theory driven, were appropriately timed, were relevant to the
sociocultural context of the population, involved well trained staff, and
included outcome evaluation.

Framework of Program / Intervention

The stated missions and
goals of NAMI IN OUR VOICE is to provide an outlet for audience members to connect
on a personal level with the presenters and understand their struggles, while
being thoroughly well informed with the use of Q&A sessions. Another goal
of the program is to provide an outlet for those that view the sessions a level
of insight in which into the lived experience of life with mental illness. The theory
of intervention is human theory presented in the program is the humans systems
intervention. This theory relies on personal interventions of people meeting
other people in social situations or gatherings and discussing ideas to change
perceptions and attitudes towards a phenomenon or topic.

The stated audience for
these presentations includes a plethora of individuals from all walks of life,
such as mental health officials, students, law enforcement, and various forms
of families. The program provides a primary intervention model that affects the
individuals who participate in a mesosystem level, or a linkage between details
involving a person’s family, friends, workplace, school or work. The people who
participate in these programs are local people that are likely to be known within
the community.


IOOV program is made up of six segments in which arioso aspects of the speakers
life with mental illness is discussed. These include: The Introduction, in
which to introduce audience members to the speakers as
people first, ignoring their diagnosis or affliction. During this portion the
segments are explained. Next is the Dark Days segment, in which presenters
describe their most difficult experiences with mental illness. Acceptance
segment, presenters describe their most difficult experiences with mental
illness. The treatment section is when presenters talk about what treatments
help them maintain their mental health. Treatments include medication and
therapy. The Coping segment teaches the audience of different coping strategies
that are available to them as learned by the presenter to live their lives the
way they want to. The last and possibly the most important section, Success,
Hopes, and Dreams segment, discusses presenters share their own unique
successes, hopes and dreams for the future. A very uplifting conclusion to the
presentation, this section conveys hope that recovery is possible for people
living with mental illness when the correct supports are in place.

length of the presentation can take between 15 minutes-2 hours. Each segment
utilizes a plethora of media in order to present the lives of the presenters.
These includes video, PowerPoint presentations, and Anonymous Surveys.

Resources to Implement

The program began as a movement within NAMI in order to involve
populations in the education on mental illness. Once the movement received a
grant from the Eli Lily and Co. organization, NAMI enabled the movement to
develop the program’s first edition known as Living with Schizophrenia in 1996.
In 2000, Living with Schizophrenia was changed to Living with Schizophrenia and
Other Mental Illnesses and in 2003 to In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental
Illness. Today the program is simply called In Our Own Voice. Presented as a
peer education tool, the program has grown from these humble begging’s and as
of January 2007 over 2,000 IOOV presenters have been trained across the country
to conduct IOOV presentations. The program is active in 38 states. More than