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.

Latest Updates

Wisconsin Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention Public Hearings

As many of you may know, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Wisconsin. We can no longer ignore this crisis and shy away from talking about it and taking action. Recently Assembly Speaker Robin Vos formed a Task Force on Suicide Prevention. This task force is made ...
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Wisconsin Governor’s 2019-2021 Proposed Budget by County

From Crystal Hester, MSW - Public Policy & Advocacy Director - NAMI Wisconsin Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) have created county fact sheets that show how the Governor's budget invests in the people of you community. There is a fact sheet for each of ...
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Wausau Screening of “You’re Not Alone” June 4, 2019

A documentary about youth mental health presented by Milwaukee PBS and USA Today Network Wisconsin Tuesday, June 4, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Marathon County Library
300 1st Street - Wausau Join Milwaukee PBS and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin for a screening of “You’re Not Alone,” a documentary about youth mental ...
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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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May 4, 2019 – Mental Health Awareness Workshop

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sponsored by NAMI Northwoods Hosted by St. Anthony Spirituality Center 300 East Fourth Street - Marathon https://sarcenter.com/retreats-and-events/ To register, call 715-443-2236 or e-mail info@sarcenter.com >> or click here to register online << Come for one or more of the following sessions - each session will ...
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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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FREE Understand Autism Event

Further your understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learn tips for helping your kiddo prepare for adulthood, advice on raising neurotypical siblings alongside their autistic brother or sister, and get guidance for increasing functioning in your entire family. Presented by Stacy Stefaniak Luther, ,PsyD, LPC. This FREE event will be held ...
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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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NAMI Northwoods Wisconsin is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness