Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month! Find your own unique way to support Mental Health Month and bring awareness to your communities about this important topic. Here are some helpful tips and resources:

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Each Mind Matters May Is Mental Health Month resources and toolkit: Each Mind Matters has put together a toolkit to help plan May is Mental Health Month events in your community. Click here for more info.

NAMI 2016 May Is Mental Health Month webpage: NAMI has launched a webpage with a place to pledge your support to be stigma-free, plus resources and information on how to show your support for May is Mental Health Month. Click here for more info.

Advocacy activity tip sheet and May is Mental Health Month resolution: NAMI California has provided a handy tip sheet for how to engage in local advocacy activities in support of May is Mental Health Month, and has developed model resolution language for local public officials to go on the record in support of mental health and a stigma-free community. Scroll down for more info.

Advocacy Activities For Mental Health Month

NAMI California affiliates advocate in local communities all year, but May is an important month to remind local policymakers about issues that matter to us and to ask them to help raise awareness and reduce stigma. Here are some activities you can do and some tools NAMI California has created to help:

Pass a resolution with your Board of Supervisors and/or City Council recognizing May as Mental Health Month

  • Mental Health Month Resolution and take to your Board of Supervisors or City Council and ask that they pass it to proclaim the importance of mental health awareness and stigma reduction and to recognize the month of May
  • Promote the resolution through media, social media, and community events

Meet with your federal representative about mental health reform

  • Share the work of your affiliate with him/her and discuss the importance of mental health reform
  • Background information is available from NAMI National: http://www.nami.org/mentalhealthreform

Meet with your state legislators about NAMI California’s 2016 policy priorities

  • NAMI California’s 2016 policy priorities include: peer and family specialist certification, housing, and crisis services
  • Contact Marcel Harris at marcel@namica.org  for talking points and assistance with arranging your meeting

Whichever activity you pick, here are some tips:

  • Take pictures! We love to share what you do with the world. Send your pictures to advocacy@namica.org.
  • Share materials about your affiliate’s programs with your local policymakers.
  • Sign up for NAMI California’s advocacy network to share your ideas and results with other affiliate leaders. Email marcel@namica.org to join the network.

Advocacy May Activities

NAMI California Youth Advocacy Day: May 17, 2016

As part of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, NAMI California is dedicated to providing opportunities for young people to become advocates in their own communities in the fight against stigma related to mental illness. We encourage all of California’s youth to get involved this May, become an advocate and help spread awareness of mental illness!

NAMI California is partnering with the California Psychological Association and coordinating an exciting day of Capitol visits for youth. We invite youth ages 14-25 to the State Capitol to take part in an afternoon of learning about advocacy, meeting with other young advocates across California, and sitting down with local legislators.

Attendees will experience advocacy firsthand. We provide training on how to present the issues you wish to discuss with your legislator and learn from one another during a debrief with other attendees on their experiences. Affiliates are invited to attend with youth from their communities!

2016 Youth Capitol Day

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 12pm-4pm
Location: Downtown Sacramento – We will meet for lunch and a speaking program at a nearby restaurant,then walk to the Capitol for legislative visits
Cost: Travel reimbursement available; please submit request with the attached form.
Details: All high school students must attend with a chaperone; all school policies must be followed regarding parental permission, travel, etc.
Instructions: Please download the registration form at the link below and submit to NAMI California no later than April 25, 2016. Attendees must attend the Youth Advocacy Webinar.

#NAMICAYouthVoices

Share your local advocacy efforts! If you can’t make it to Sacramento for Youth Capitol Day, you can still show your support. Post to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #NAMICAYouthVoices and share what you are doing in your local community to end stigma and have your voice be heard. All posters will be entered into a raffle to win a deluxe Each Mind Matters prize package (sweatshirt, t-shirt, and more)!

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (to be eligible for the prize, you must post on the 17th; however, the hashtag can be used all month long in May)
Instructions: Please download the tip sheet at the link below for ideas on how you can participate in Youth AdvocacyDay locally. Post to your social media account using #NAMICAYouthVoices to share what you are doing!

Youth Advocacy Webinar

Join NAMI CA and the California Psychological Association for a one-hour webinar at 5 pm May 3 or 4 pm May 4 where we will share what it means to be an advocate, the ins and outs of legislation, and why this matters in relation to mental health and mental illness. Please email Erik Villalobos at erik@namica.org to register for the webinar.

Youth Advocacy Day Activities