Join us Wednesday, March 3 as we continue
into week 3 of our new advocacy campaign for mental health!

You can still Register for our FREE Virtual Event

Registration will be open until March 10th.
Check your Email for Access Code

It’s Prime Time for Mental Health!

With the pandemic highlighting mental health needs more than ever. We’re putting a new focus on advocacy at the state Capitol. This year, we’re doing things differently:

  • We’re spreading the event over several days;
  • Sessions will be online from the comfort of your home;
  • Registration is FREE!
  • Check your email for your Access Code.


Downloads and links for this event.

March 3: Documents coming soon!

March 10: Documents coming soon!

Additional Downloads & Links

Advocacy Toolkit

Policy Priorities

Expanding and Funding CIT

Information about TennCare

Legislative Meeting Tips

Find Your Legislator

Telling Your Story

Sample Stories

Social Media Tips

Event Agenda

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Wednesday, March 3 | Diversity & Mental Health Messaging

4 PM CT / 5 PM ET — One hours

  • Understand what members of these groups face when seeking mental health treatment.
  • Learn how these groups are disproportionately affected.
  • Learn why it’s important for marginalized individuals in the African-American and LGBT communities to speak up about mental health issues.
  • Discover what leaders in these communities are doing about mental health in Tennessee.

Wednesday, March 10 | Young Adult Advocacy

4 PM CT / 5 PM ET — One hours

  • Hear why young adults are willing to get involved in mental health advocacy
  • Learn what college and universities around the state are doing around public policy and advocacy
  • Brainstorm on ways that NAMI Tennessee can help young adults become part of a mental health movement.

Can’t participate in all sessions?

Regardless of how many sessions you sign up for, we will post pre-recorded sessions here within 24 hours of completion. You can watch them at your convenience. Registration will stay open until March 10th. Register anytime to get LIVE access to presentation.

In case you missed it.

Recorded on Wednesday, February 17
Becoming a Mental Health Advocate  Speakers: Jeff Fladen, Executive Director, NAMI Tennessee Commissioner Marie Williams, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Alisa LaPolt, NAMI Tennessee Policy & Advocacy Director Bill Dobbins, NAMI Tennessee governmental affairs consultant.

Recorded on Tuesday, February 23
 Participants will learn to: Speak with confidence; Gain clarity around what they’re seeking; Tell their story in an impactful way. Participants will learn how to condense their story on mental illness, write it on a worksheet, and practice telling the story to the group for feedback.

Recorded on Wednesday, February 24
Words Matter & Social Media Storm Participants will learn to: Take your mental health story and condense into a short, succinct email or social media post. Learn key words that will grab the attention of policymakers. Learn the rules of engagement for social media.

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