Affiliate of National Alliance for Mental Illness

NAMI Henderson is proud to announce that NAMI Smarts has come to Kentucky.  President of NAMI – Henderson, Beverley Jones, is one of two advocates that received the national NAMI Smarts training and is making this program available to all those in Kentucky interested in using their experiences to be effective advocates for families and individuals that suffer from mental illness.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a popular 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 to be taught as a series of three 1-2 hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training that develop the following skills:

Module 1: Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds.
Module 2: Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call.
Module 3: 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—from those who are new to advocacy to individuals with more experience. Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask” and, with NAMI Smarts, they were able to. Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers.


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