Advocacy efforts are large part of NAMI Oklahoma's mission to improve the lives of individuals living with mental health conditions and their families. NAMI Oklahoma is an active participant on work groups and committees that address issues related to mental illness.
NAMI Oklahoma strives to be a strong voice on mental illness, carrying out ongoing advocacy for a public policy agenda to improve mental health services throughout the state, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and support effective treatment and recovery programs.
If you would like to join NAMI OKlahoma in advocacy efforts sign up for advocacy alerts and consider attending a NAMI Smarts (see below) for Advocacy training to learn to share your story in a way that moves policymakers.
Use this link to find your legislator so that you can contact them with your views on the need for improvements in the state's mental health system.
To learn more about NAMI’s stance on advocacy and public policy issues that affect adults and children living with mental illness and their family, read the NAMI Public Policy Platform (PDF).
See more at: NAMI Public Policy
See more at: NAMI Mental Health by the Numbers
See more at: Mental Health and Addiction in Oklahoma Statistics
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a grassroots advocacy training program that takes participants through a step-by-step process that enables them to leave with a two-minute, compelling personal story that can be adapted and used to advocate in numerous ways.
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a series of three 1-2 hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training that develop the following skills:
Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds
Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call
Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official
The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.
Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask,” but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to.
Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions also love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers.
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy
Friday, April 5, 2019
Space is limited. Registration will be closed once limit is met.
Register at: http:bit.ly/namismarts
POC: Angela Parsons