7 Reasons to Attend Action on the Square

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NAMI Wisconsin’s Action on the Square is right around the corner! This event is open to all individuals who have a deep passion for mental health advocacy-- no previous advocacy experience is required!  

While many of us are facing hurdles in the mental health system, we often forget to share our stories, perspectives, and ideas with decision makers. Action on the Square is the perfect opportunity for advocates to tell their stories and discuss public policy issues that impact all individuals affected by mental illness.

While there are many reasons as to why you should join us at this exciting event, here are seven reasons in particular:

  1. Learn about mental health policy priorities
    The day will kick off with some helpful briefing about current mental health issues, such as access to affordable mental health treatment services, youth mental health initiatives and jail diversion. You will have the chance to hear from a number of excellent speakers that will give you a better understanding on how to effectively communicate with your local representatives about mental health issues.
     

  2. Rally on the Capitol Steps
    Join members of the Wisconsin State Legislature and mental health advocates in a rousing call to action on the Wisconsin State Capitol Steps! A variety of inspiring speakers will share their stories of lived experience and empower us to raise our voices for mental health! This portion of the event is free and open to the public. However, we’d still like to get an accurate representation of how many people to expect so please be sure to register online.
     

  3. Meet with your legislators and their staff
    When you pre-register for Action on the Square by April 6th, NAMI Wisconsin will arrange meetings with your elected officials on your behalf. This is your chance to share your personal stories with policymakers and raise awareness about issues that matter most.
     

  4. Gain practical advocacy experience
    If you’re interested in gaining advocacy experience, Action on the Square is the perfect place to start! As a grassroots organization, NAMI Wisconsin heavily relies on the advocacy from our members. You will be exposed to a variety of advocacy skills, such as telling a compelling story that inspires and orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official.
     

  5. Network with other mental health advocates
    Mental health advocates from all corners of the state will be gathering to share their stories at Action on the Square. You’ll have time to meet and mingle with other advocates to gain further perspectives and ideas.
     

  6. Share your story of mental illness
    Odds are likely that you or someone you know have been deeply affected by mental illness. Action on the Square is the time for you to share this with the world in order to break the stigma and inspire change!
     

  7. Eat some BRUNCH!
    But really, who doesn’t love brunch? There will be a buffet of delicious foods waiting for you at the event!

Almost everyone has been affected by mental illness in some shape or form, however we continuously see gaps in the mental health system. Join us on Thursday, May 4th to tell elected officials, the media, and the general public what needs to change in order for all consumers and families to get the help they need. We cannot do it without you and your unique perspective!

For more information on Action on the Square, please click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact NAMI Wisconsin’s Advocacy Coordinator, Crystal Hester, at crystal@namiwisconsin.org