NAMI “Smarts for Advocacy” helps you write your story to speak with a policy maker! Learn more here…

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is 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.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a series of workshops that develop the following skills:

  • Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds
  • Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call
  • Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official

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.

Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask,” but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to.

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.

Trainings are free and available now!  Go to your calendar page link here, pick a date and register for a class that fits your schedule.

For NAMI membership, February 17, 2020 is our official NAMI lobby day at the legislature and you can register through the NAMI WA Eventbrite link.

Updates on current bills that are supported by NAMI Washington can be accessed HERE.

For additional information contact the NAMI Thurston-Mason office at (360) 493-6021 or email