What is advocacy?

Advocacy is “the act of speaking, writing or acting in support of something or someone”.

“Speaking out” doesn’t have to mean giving a speech. It can also mean writing a letter, sending an email, participating in a meeting, or showing up to a rally. There are many ways to make your voice heard!

Why does it matter?

Everyone who experiences mental illness deserves the right mental health services and supports at the right time. With those key supports in place, recovery is possible. To make that happen, we have to let elected officials, the media and the general public know what’s needed.

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Beating the Holiday Blues Resource Guide

Download – Beating the Holiday Blues

For many individuals experiencing mental illness, the holiday season is often a time when symptoms heighten.The holiday blues are temporary feelings of anxiety and/or depression during the holidays that can be associated with extra stress, unrealistic expectations, or memories that accompany the season.Download this one-page resource guide for tips and ...
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Navigating the Experience Resource Guide

Download – Navigating the Experience Resource Guide

It is estimated that 1 out of 5 Wisconsinites experience a mental illness issue in a given year. With the right support and treatment, every single one of these people can experience recovery, or at the very least become better able to deal with their condition. Unfortunately, accessing and ...
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NCHC-CIP Crisis Intervention Training December 16 & 17 in Merrill

Creating collaborative community partnerships between law enforcement, emergency and mental health professionals to help people in crisis. December 16 & 17,  2019 at Northcentral Technical College, 1603 Champagne Street in Merrill - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. There is NO COST to attend this event.  All training and lunch for ...
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Overcoming Addiction Together Workshop – WI AHEC

The Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (WI AHEC) has announced their Overcoming Addiction Together workshop series. This three-part workshop series aims to address addiction-related topics, including:
  • May 16 & 17, 2019 - Understanding addiction and facilitating recovery
  • July 18 &19, 2019 - Traumatic events and ACE's, their impact on ...
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Mental Health Advocacy Workshop & Forum

Saturday, March 16 2019 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Grace United Church of Christ 535 South 3rd Avenue - Wausau 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon Learn the issues, why advocacy is important, and the power of your personal story to move decision makers. Receive step-by-step tools and the practice to ...
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Wings Grief Education Ministry – Winter Newsletter (Download)

This is a FREE quarterly newsletter for the bereaved and caregivers. Feel free to pass it on and to share it with your friends, family and associates. Click to download (pdf) If you do not currently receive the Wings E-Letter directly, you can subscribe online at www.wingsgrief.org/contact . Enter your ...
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How to Make New Housing & Hospitalization Available for the Mentally Ill

From DJ Jaffe, Executive Director - Mental Illness Policy Organization - www.MentalIllnessPolicy.org  Great news! The federal government has just made it easier for your state to expand housing and hospitalization options for the seriously mentally ill. But we have to act fast.The new policy allows states to use Medicaid money to ...
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