NAMI Smarts for Advocacy

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training Offered

Passionate and devoted, mental health advocates don’t always know the most effective way to tell their stories and present the facts to encourage legislative action.  This training is designed to create a skills based effective advocates. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a highly interactive and engaging workshop that employs a variety of adult learning strategies to build knowledge, confidence, and competence in:

•  Writing and delivering short and compelling personal stories that have an “ask”
•  Finding and using facts in speaking and writing
•  Preparing for and conducting a successful meeting with legislators
•  Following-up with savvy thank you notes that reinforce a key message
•  Writing focused emails that have an impact
•  Making effective phone calls

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy will enhance your advocacy skills by helping to shape your powerful and personal story that will move policy makers. Whether you are new to advocacy or have years of experience, this integrated training will equip you to be informed, confident and ready to make a difference. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy modules include: Telling Your Story; Emails and Phone Calls; and Meeting Your Legislator.

Upcoming Training:

Grassroots advocacy is simple; it’s about using your voice to influence policy makers. Turn your experience into a positive voice with the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy grassroots advocacy training. NAMI Smarts will enhance your advocacy skills by helping to shape your powerful and personal story that will move policymakers.

Reimagining Crisis Response is a new module that covers the basics of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and NAMI’s comprehensive vision for a crisis system that includes local call centers, mobile crisis teams, and crisis stabilization centers. Join us for a class that covers the basics of Module 1: Telling Your Story in the service of advocating for a crisis system that provides a mental health response to a mental health crisis.

Reimagining Crisis Response will be offered on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. by Zoom.

Register here

Limited to the first 100 registrants. Registration deadline on May 17, 2023 at 5 p.m.


Program Contact

Matthew Camarda
Advocacy Engagement Coordinator
[email protected]
732-940-0991 ext. 115



NAMI Smarts for Advocacy was held successfully on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center!