Personal advocacy is an essential element to the fight against stigma and NAMI relies on it to get our message out to the public. However, as an organization NAMI does not possess the resources to advocate on behalf of specific individuals or situations.
Organizations such as the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) or the Americans With Disabilities Act Information Line work directly in this area to ensure that individuals’ needs are met by organizations/institutions.
How NAMI can help
Much advocacy happens at local and state level. To get involved and help others living with mental health conditions, we encourage you to contact your NAMI State Organization or local NAMI Affiliate that can tell you about our NAMI Smarts For Advocacy program that provides training to assist individuals with lived experience to transform their passion and experience into skillful grassroots-advocacy. To find your nearest NAMI Affiliate, click on your state through the Find Your Local NAMI menu.