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Mental Health Advocacy Day
January 29, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

statehousePlease join us at the State House on January 29, 2020 for Mental Health Advocacy Day. Mental health advocates, community members, and organizations will be urging lawmakers about the importance to “Support Your Community ~ Invest in Mental Health”. The agenda includes activities that will be of interest for every mental health advocate and supporter including advocacy training, opportunities to interact with legislators, providing testimony and listening to personal stories of lived experience.

ORGANIZED BY: NAMI Vermont, Vermont Care Partners, and Vermont Association of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Mental health advocates, peers, family members, professionals, providers, community members and mental health stakeholders.

Testimony at key legislative committees – throughout the day
8:00 ~ Bagels and Coffee with Legislators (Cafeteria)
9:00 ~ Advocacy Training with Peter Mallary (Room 11)
10:00 ~ Welcome Address from State Leaders (Room 11)
10:00 ~ Legislative Awards, Advocate Awards and Team Two Awards (Room 11)
11:00 ~ Sharing Stories, Insights, and Poems (Room 11)
Noon ~ Lunch with Legislators (Cafeteria)
1:00 ~ Introduction to the House (House Chamber)

Opportunities of a co-sponsor include:

  • Participate in scheduled conference calls to help make Advocacy Day a success
  • Volunteer and participate the day of the event (if possible)
  • Provide testimony as requested by the Legislative Committee Chairs (if applicable)
  • Advertise Mental Health Advocacy Day with your membership/network and invite them to:
    • Attend Mental Health Advocacy Day
    • Schedule time to talk one-on-one with their legislators for breakfast and lunch
    • Participate in Advocacy Training – morning of event
    • Share their stories, insights, and/or poems
  • Nominating an individual for the Community Advocate Award
  • Sponsoring donations are welcome, but not required

CAR POOLING: We encourage car pooling. Contact your co-sponsoring organization who may be able to coordinate rides from your area.

For more info: Contact Laurie Emerson at NAMI Vermont at;
call 802-876-7949 x101