NAMI Smarts for Advocacy

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is hands-on advocacy training that helps people living with mental illness, friends, and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy action.

NAMI Smarts teaches how to:

  • Tell a story that’s inspiring, and make an “ask” in 90 seconds
  • Write an effective email, deliver an elevator speech, and make an impactful phone call
  • Orchestrate a successful meeting with elected officials

The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective whether you’re new to advocacy or if you’ve had years of experience.

Never thought of yourself as an advocate? Want to make a positive change in mental health services?

Grassroots advocacy is simple — you don’t have to know about policies or politics. It’s about using your voice to influence policy makers and make a difference in the lives of people impacted by mental illness.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is taught in a series of skill-building modules:

  1. Telling Your Story – Real stories are the most potent motivator for legislators. Telling Your Story guides you through writing and delivering a concise and compelling vision of your story that will serve as the springboard for your advocacy.
  2. Emails and Phone Calls – Don’t think your emails and phone calls are making an impact? Emails and Phone Calls teaches you how to write emails that get attention, and make phone calls that policy makers remember.
  3. Meeting Your Legislator – Want your meetings with policy makers to deliver results? Meeting Your Legislator demonstrates how to orchestrate a successful dialogue with elected officials.
  4. Medication and Protecting Choice – Individual response to psychiatric medication varies widely. Managing choice is essential to recovery. Be prepared to make the case with administrative officials and health plan leaders.
  5. Mental Health Parity – Learn about laws that require insurance companies to provide fair mental health coverage, and how to spot problems in your health plan.
  6. Advocacy Day – Get the tips and tools you need to have an effective meeting with your legislator.

Make your voice heard! Contact us to sign up for a training today!

We offer NAMI Smarts training throughout the year. Contact us today to sign up for the next workshop.