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Mental illness affects one in five families in America.

African American families are no exception.

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Unfortunately, as numerous studies have highlighted, lack of education on mental illness and stigma can prevent us from seeking mental health treatment. Without treatment these illnesses can lead to failed relationships, trouble at work or school and even incarceration.

One of the most important things to understand about having a mental illness is that most people can and do recover and continue to lead meaningful lives. At NAMI Howard Countywe help each other rebuild lives, promote a better understanding of mental illness, dispel societal stigma and work towards the process of recovery. 


In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness is an education presentation that highlights the recovery process as experienced by those who have actually been there. The presentation is given by trained presenters who live with chronic mental illness.

This 90-minute 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.

The program is suitable for many audiences:

  • Any community or civic organization interested in learning more about mental illness
  • Consumers of mental health services – share, learn and find hope for living successfully with your illness
  • Family members – discover the possibility of recovery for your own loved one
  • Law enforcement officials – increase awareness of and sensitivity to behaviors triggered by mental illness

Participants receive a take-home packet that includes fact sheets on topics covered during the presentation and additional NAMI materials.

If you would like to host this free program for your organization please call (410) 772 – 9300.


Please explore our programs page and join us for a support group, Peer-to-Peer or Family-to-Family class. If you would like to schedule a community specific presentation, call (410) 772 – 9300.


Howard County

Mind Support:

MPB Group, Inc. : 


Association of Black Psychologists (includes a listing of psychologists):

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide:


  • 72-Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry by Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie Williams
  • Standing in the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men by John Head


To print community specific fact sheets please click on the links below.

Related Files

African Amercian Churches

Mental Health Fact Sheet

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