The need for new and improved policies to help improve the lives of those impacted by mental health conditions has never been greater. Here are steps you can take to be a mental health advocate.

Learn Why We Need Better Mental Health Policies

Know the facts and help spread the word.

Become an Advocate for Better Mental Health Policies

We need new and improved policies to help individuals, families and our communities.

Support National Policies by Signing NAMI Petitions

Take Action: Tell Congress to support mental health research. Imagine if cancer, heart disease or diabetes was diagnosed just by using a short list of questions to assess symptoms. Due to the complexity of the brain and lack of strong research, this is how people are currently diagnosed with mental health conditions. This results in many mistakes in diagnosis and ineffective treatment. Sign NAMI’s petition.

More: Stay informed of NAMI’s national policy priorities:

Support Crisis Response

Sign NAMI’s petition to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the Behavioral Health Crisis Services Expansion Act (S. 1902/H.R. 5611) to revamp our current response to mental health and suicidal crises. Now more than ever, we need to provide better mental health support for those in crisis, and this legislation will establish national standards for crisis care, including universally available 24/7 local crisis call centers, mobile crisis teams, crisis stabilization centers, short-term residential care, and behavioral health urgent walk-in care.

More: Learn more about 988, the three-digit number for mental health and suicidal crises that will launch 3-digit nationwide launch in July 2022.

Pay Attention to Actions Taken by Your Local Leaders

Sign up for email updates from your local representatives, and follow them on social media to stay updated on their policy decisions and priorities — and let them know what’s important to you!

Find your Congressional representative.

Find your Los Angeles representative.

Learn to Be An Advocate

NAMI California’s Advocacy Toolkit includes guidance on how to be mental health advocate.

Vote and Help Get Out the Vote

Every election provides us with an opportunity to vote for leaders and laws to improve mental health services for individuals, families and communities. Commit to registering to vote in each election, make a voting plan, and encourage your friends, family and co-workers to vote as well!

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