2022 Advocacy Days online series.

Learn why it’s more important now than ever to speak up about mental health, and how you can do it effectively.

Mental Health Issues: What Advocates Should Know

Inspiration and Imagination: Fuel for Advocacy

  • Learn why advocacy is important
  • Learn what policy issues are being discussed around mental health

Advocacy in Challenging Times presented by Alisa LaPolt, Policy & Advocacy Director, NAMI Tennessee
Staying Positive in Politics presented by Lynn Heady, Deputy State Coordinator, Braver Angels
Other speakers:
Secretary of State Tre Hargett
Commissioner Marie Williams of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Mental Health in Schools: Hope and Challenges

How to Advocate and Take Action

  • How to tell your story with confidence
  • How to talk with legislators
  • How you can take action for change

Do you have a story about your mental health journey? Want to become a “changemaker” through your story?
Learn how to become an advocate, no matter your skill level! All times are Central.

  • 10:00 am to 11:00 am: Advocacy Basics
  • 11:00 am to 11:45 pm: Advanced Advocacy
  • 11:45 am to 12:30 pm: Join us as we talk with legislators about mental health

If you’re interested in having us set up an online meeting with your local legislator, please email Alisa LaPolt.




Reimagining Crisis: The 988 Crisis Line

Reimagining Crisis: The 988 Crisis Line

A new 988 hotline opens this summer for mental health emergencies. How will this work? What does it mean for access to care in our communities?
Join us to learn more about this exciting new way to Reimagine Crisis.

How to Advocate and Take Action

Mental Health in Schools: Hope and Challenges

Students are facing higher rates of anxiety and depression than ever. What are schools and policymakers doing to address this? We’ll hear from the folks on the front line and learn how these issues affect students of color.

Inspiration and Imagination: Fuel for Advocacy

Mental Health Issues: What Advocates Should Know

We’ll take a deep dive into the pressing mental health issues that lawmakers are discussing at the Tennessee Capitol. How do they affect you and your loved ones? Join us to learn more, and what you can do as advocates.