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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, please 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 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 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 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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