Legislative Advocacy in 3 Simple Steps

You can make a change in your local community by being an advocate for mental health awareness in Massachusetts. Here are a few suggestions for how you can work with your community. Policy change is one major way we can make a difference in the lives of people diagnosed with mental health conditions and their families.

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Our Advocacy Process

Decide Advocacy Priorities

Working with our affiliates, we look for opportunities for change to establish annual Advocacy priorities.  Learn how to run a “Dream Big Together” activity (opens in a new window) in your affiliate to share your concerns.

Connect with NAMI Advocates

NAMI Massachusetts coordinates advocacy efforts at the affiliate level and regularly updates members on advocacy opportunities via our Advocacy Newsletter. These include opportunities to contact legislators about co-sponsorship and testimony.

Additional Resources
  • State House 101 slides (pdf – opens in a new window)
  • State House 101 webinar (opens in a new window)
  • Training (courtesy of NASW) on providing testimony at a hearing (opens in a new window)
  • Dream Big Together slides (pdf – opens in a new window)
  • Dream Big Together webinar (opens in a new window)