Action on the Square, to be held this year on May 3rd, is a day to spread awareness about mental health, learn about current legislative issues, and tell your elected officials what people affected by mental illness need to thrive! Anyone who cares deeply about mental health can attend this event, and no previous advocacy experience is required!
We need your voice and your story to meet with Wisconsin legislative officers and educate them about how they can improve the lives of their constituents with mental illness. Here are some cool aspects you will get to participate in if you join us:
Be Part of History
Advocating on legislation is one of the most impactful and exciting ways to take part in the political process. Now more than ever, government officials are gaining a better understanding of mental health and substance abuse issues. Keep the momentum going by meeting with your legislator and making NAMI’s voice stronger.
Connect with Others
At the start of the event, you will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from helpful organizations in Wisconsin that support mental health, as well as meet other individuals that care about mental health advocacy. Community is a huge part in dealing with mental illness and being successful in recovery!
Become an Expert on the Issues
You may be thinking, “How in the world am I supposed to advocate and tell my story to legislators?!” But we got you covered! Before we head into the Wisconsin Capitol, you will get to enjoy brunch while learning how to best share your story to make an impact. We’ll give you an overview of a typical meeting with a legislator and provide background on the issues and talking points.
Rally on the Steps
To pump everyone up, mental health advocates and the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature will lead us in a rousing call to action on the Capitol Steps. Speakers will be sharing their personal stories to encourage us to share ours.
Share Your Story
Everybody has a story, but not everybody gets the opportunity to share their story with their state legislators. NAMI’s Action on the Square event is our opportunity to stand together and speak up about mental health. Together, we can remind elected officials that mental illness affects everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or age. We can remind them that without mental health care, Americans pay a high price in unemployment, homelessness and criminalization. As advocates of mental health care, we know that treatment works and recovery is possible. Let’s make sure Wisconsin government knows as well.
Registration for Action on the Square ends on Friday, April 6th. Be sure to sign up now so Wisconsin legislators can hear your story!