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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.

Watch the video at this link



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.


To register for a NAMI Smarts for Advocacy training please contact Helen Trainor at 561-588-3477 or


Learn more about the advocacy efforts at NAMI and NAMI Florida

NAMI Florida

NAMI National Policy


Additional resources

Palm Beach County

Behavioral Health Needs Assessment 2017

Palm Beach County’s Approach to the Opioid Crisis 2017

Youth Risk Behavior Survey



Florida Health Charts

Home Matters Florida 2019 Report

Florida Council for Community Mental Health



Grading the States

Mental Health by the Numbers

State of Mental Health in America 2018



Mental Health Parity at Risk

The Doctor is Out: Continuing Disparities in Access to Mental and Physical Health Care

Mental Health Parity-How to File an Appeal

Understanding Mental Health Parity

Take our Fair Coverage for Mental Health Survey


Read NAMI’s letter to new members of Congress



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