Advocating for better mental health services can be both personally satisfying and highly effective in improving the lives of those with serious mental illnesses. It can be a powerful tool in getting support for oneself and/or a loved one, and it is often a healing and coping strategy, helping to channel frustration into positive action.
NAMI-Cambridge/Middlesex plays an active role in advocacy in Massachusetts, attending Advocacy Day, meeting with legislators, and providing programs on key policy issues. We coordinate with NAMI Massachusetts, which provides many online resources, including:
- tools for learning how to advocate, including how to find your state legislators
- a list of mental health legislative priorities
- information on our annual Advocacy Day
For further information, you are encouraged to contact the chair of NAMI-Cambridge’s Advocacy Committee, Rae Simpson, at email@example.com.