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Advocacy Trainings

While passionate and devoted, mental health advocates don't always know how effective their stories can be in encouraging legislative action. This training, which is structured to meet the needs of different learning styles and is adaptable to various advocacy issues, is designed to provide those skills.


What is voices in action?

Whether you are a consumer, family member or service provider, everyone has a story to tell. But how and where does one begin? Voices in Action is an interactive training that teaches you the skills to effectively tell your story of mental illness in order to inspire change. The hour and a half long, step-by-step training helps you develop a concise, effective version of your personal story to use as the foundation of your advocacy in order to build knowledge, confidence and competence in basic legislative advocacy skills. Learn how to write emails, make phone calls and have in-person meetings with policymakers that make a difference!


take the voices in action training!

Right here, right now! The video below is available for all to take advantage of to become trained in Voices in Action. All necessary handouts can be downloaded and printed here. This training can be taken alone in the comfort of your own home or as a large group. No matter your preference, we encourage you to connect with your local NAMI affiliate in order to receive assistance in writing, editing and telling your story. Upon completion, of survey, a certificate of completion will be emailed. After you are done taking the training, please complete the survey by following the link below. If you do not have an email address, be sure to include your mailing address and allow up to 2 weeks for mailing of certificate.