Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Got NAMI Smarts?

Do you have a story to tell? 
Can you tell it such a succinct and powerful way that it may actually effect change?

Many of us struggle to find the words to articulate the struggles and triumphs we have faced on our journey, or our loved one's journey, of recovery. Even if you have the most clear and compelling story, do you know how to use it to make an impact on policy makers?

Now, there is a training program called NAMI SMARTS for Advocacy.

NAMI Southwestern PA’s Executive Director Christine Michaels and Associate Director Debbie Ference were invited by NAMI National to be trained as NAMI SMARTS for Advocacy teachers. 

NAMI SMARTS teaches individuals how to be advocates by providing step-by-step tools and hands-on practice that helps participants enhance their own advocacy skills and help shape a powerful and personal story that will impact policy makers.  The program helps participants understand why advocacy is so important for mental health.

The training is divided into three modules: Telling your Story, Emails and Phone Calls, and Meeting Your Legislator.
Telling your Story  This module guides participants through writing and delivering a concise and compelling version of your story that will serve as a springboard for your advocacy
Emails and Phone Calls  This module shows participants how to write emails that get attention and make phone calls that policy makers remember
Meeting Your Legislator   This module demonstrates how to orchestrate a successful dialogue with elected officials.
Stay tuned for more information about NAMI SMARTS. 

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