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The heart of the TAMI program is the people who have lived experience with mental illness.  Our Speakers offer TAMI participants their stories to help students to understand what mental illness and recovery can look and sound like.  They provide a message of hope and recovery, empowering youth to stomp out the stigma of mental illness and encourage youth to seek help. Click on the images below to find out more about our Speakers. If you would like to search for a specific speaker, type their name in the search bar at the top of this page.

Please note that due to the high demand for our TAMI Speakers, we book them for TAMI In-Class Programs and Summits only.  We do not book Speakers for other school or community presentations.

If you are interested in becoming a speaker for the TAMI Coalition of Durham, click here.  

  • Andrea

    Andrea has been a speaker for TAMI for a year, and has taken the last year off for a maternity
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  • John

    Since 2002, John has delivered a message of hope to more than 15,000 students and professionals, teaching about mental illness
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  • Cynthia

    Cynthia

    Cynthia started speaking with TAMI in 2010, and has continued for the last 6 years. She shares with students that
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  • Patti

    Patti

    Patti has been a TAMI Speaker for three years. She feels that the major themes of her story are hope
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  • Robin

    Robin

    Robin has been a TAMI Speaker for three years. She likes to share with students is the importance of not
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  • Alyshia

    Alyshia has been speaking for TAMI since 2012. She is passionate about dance and has been dancing for 20 years!
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Thanks for Visiting TAMI.   

Please be aware that due to COVID-19, the TAMI program has been impacted for the 2020-2021 school year. 

TAMI is working hard to develop and distribute the program virtually.  It is our priority to be able to offer the

TAMI program while keeping students and teachers safe.    

At this time the Stomping Out Stigma Summits are postponed until further notice.   

If you have any questions about the TAMI program please feel free to contact Abby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Take care,

The TAMI Coalition