February 19, 2024 marks a pivotal day for mental health advocacy in Washington State. It’s the day when NAMI Southwest Washington, as part of NAMI Washington, orchestrates its annual Lobby Day, a powerful event from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM that brings together individuals from across the state to advocate for a cause that touches us all: mental health.
Why Participate in NAMI Lobby Day?
Mental health is a universal issue, transcending age, race, and socio-economic status. Yet, despite its widespread impact, mental health care often does not receive the attention or funding it desperately needs. This is where NAMI Lobby Day steps in, offering a platform for you to be part of a larger voice advocating for legislative changes that can significantly improve the mental health system in our state.
For more information on how to participate in NAMI Lobby Day, visit our Lobby Day page on our website, or contact our office. NAMI also offers NAMI SMARTS for Advocacy – a hands on advocacy training that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. Your involvement can be the catalyst for the change we all wish to see in the world of mental health. Let’s stand together for a brighter, healthier future.
One of the most compelling aspects of NAMI Lobby Day is the opportunity for you to share your story. When our Representatives hear real experiences from individuals who have navigated the complexities of the mental health system, the impact is profound. These personal stories bring to life the statistics and reports that legislators often encounter, making the need for change more tangible and urgent.
Every year, people like you join hands on NAMI Lobby Day to create a wave of change. Whether you have personal experience with mental health challenges, know someone who does, or simply care about this crucial issue, your presence amplifies the message. By participating, you are not just advocating for policy changes; you are contributing to a movement that seeks to destigmatize mental health and promote a system that is accessible and effective for everyone.
Joining NAMI Lobby Day is easier than you might think. You can participate in person in Olympia or virtually from the comfort of your home. Your involvement can range from sharing your story, learning about key legislative issues, to directly engaging with legislators to express your support for crucial mental health bills.
Remember, change begins with action. NAMI Lobby Day offers a unique and powerful opportunity to be part of a collective effort to shape a better future for mental health care in Washington State. Your voice, your story, and your presence can make a difference. So, mark your calendars for February 19th, and join us at NAMI Southwest Washington for a day of advocacy, empowerment, and change. Together, we can ensure that mental health care is recognized as a priority in our state. Let’s make our voices heard!