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NAMI Advocacy Group


NAMI Advocacy Groups (NAG) works to promote a better quality of life for individuals living with mental health conditions and their families by establishing a coordinated network of advocates across the state.

NAG utilizes the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy, a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

During the training, participants will:

  • Learn the most effective ways to connect with policy makers
  • Create an inspiring and compelling story that makes an “ask” within  90 seconds
  • Draft an effective email, make an elevator speech and practice an impactful phone calls
  • Prepare for successful meeting with elected officials

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.

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.

The Hillsborough County NAG meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Children’s Board, 1002 E Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33605.  Upcoming NAG Meetings.

For more information on NAG and NAMI Smarts for Advocacy, contact Carol Eloian.

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