MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY
Affecting positive policy change for individuals and families
You can become a MENTAL HEALTH advocate
There are practical ways you can get involved and make a difference.
NAMI SMARTS FOR ADVOCACY
Enhance your advocacy skills and learn how to shape a powerful and personal story that will move policy makers. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on mental health advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. Join us to get step-by-step tools and the hands-on practice you need to feel clear, confident and ready to make a difference. at one of our upcoming classes:
CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS
NAMI Eastside encourages everyone to take action on a daily basis to reduce the shame and stigma that is wrongly associated with mental illness. Become knowledgeable about the facts surrounding mental health conditions so that you can become a mental health advocate. When appropriate, share this information with friends, employers, public officials and especially the media.
When you make contact with your elected representatives, you help them to understand in a personal way what the impact is of laws and policies they implement. It is most effective to meet in person when you can but there are many other ways to communicate including phone, e-mail and fax. Please include a mention of your relationship to NAMI Eastside.
SHARE YOUR CIVIL COMMITMENT COURT EXPERIENCE
Join our Public Policy Committee
Are you interested in getting involved in local issues, making a community-wide impact, and getting to know your elected officials? Please consider joining our Public Policy Committee. Members meet every 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 PM at the NAMI Eastside office.
Please email us if you are interested in joining.