NAMI Palm Beach County has partnered with NAMI Broward and NAMI Miami-Dade to address policy issues in Southeast Florida. With the creation of the NAMI Advocacy Groups (NAGs), regional NAMI affiliates have united to identify and prioritize mental health policy issues. To learn more, please call NAMI PBC Advocacy Coordinator, Helen Trainor, at (561) 588-3477.
Learn more about NAMI’s national Policy Platform HERE
NAMI Palm Beach County received a grant from Allegany Franciscan Ministries to establish advocacy groups throughout Florida and to offer NAMI Smarts for Advocacy trainings. As part of the grant, a video was created that gave an overview of advocacy, lobbying, and how to start the process of advocating for mental health. Click the link to watch a conversation between mental health advocates to learn how you can get involved.
NAMI Smarts For Advocacy
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a series of three 1-2 hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training that develop the following skills:
- Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds
- Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call
- Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official
The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.
Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask,” but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to.
Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions also love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers.
Learn more about the advocacy efforts at NAMI and NAMI Florida
Read NAMI’s letter to new members of Congress.