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.

Module 2 & 3 will be offered on May 5, 2021 from 6 – 8 pm by Zoom.

Space is limited. You must have completed Module 1 before taking Module 2 & 3.

Module 2: Calling local and state representatives to promote mental health priorities.

Module 3: Meeting with area representatives to promote mental health priorities.

Real stories are the most potent motivator for legislators. NAMI SMARTS for ADVOCACY guides you through delivering a concise and compelling version of your story that will serve as the springboard for your advocacy.

Register here

Limited to the first 300 registrants. Registration deadline on May 3rd at 5 pm.



Program Contact

Phillip Lubitz, MSW
Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy
[email protected]



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