Advocate

Advocate

Only you are able to define yourself as a NAMI-WCI advocate. NAMI-WCI has a strong presence in the state of Indiana, advocating for state laws in addition to local and county policies and ordinances that will ensure that people struggling with mental illness are able to receive the help they need. NAMI-WCI maintains an active presence on priority issues, driven by our board-directed Public Policy Platform. Stay updated about our advocacy issues in the Greater Lafayette Area.

Our Advocacy Tips: Sharing Your Story

When practicing advocacy, sharing your story is one of the best ways to enable others to understand your passion for creating and sustaining better policies to help those living with a mental illness.

Stories and emotions work best through oral interpretation. Here’s how you can practice and refine sharing your story:

Share Your Story Through Advocacy

  • Write to or meet with your district supervisor
  • Do your research – create a straightforward fact sheet
  • Follow up with legislative assistants

Practice Writing and Telling an Effective Story

  • Make an introduction, tell your unique story
  • Talk about challenges related to this story
  • Don’t hesitate to add details – paint a vivid picture
  • Express a desired outcome
  • Conclude your story, Make the “Ask”
  • Thank the listener for their time and attention

Lobbying by Personal Visit

  • Lobby in groups of fewer numbers – if possible, bring constituents along
  • Make an appointment
  • Be courteous and start on a positive note
  • Listen carefully
  • Clearly state your position, and communicate what you are asking from the legislator
  • Reinforce meeting with a NAMI handout
  • If the legislator is unavailable, meet with the legislator’s aide

Our Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  1. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

    September 24 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  2. NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

    September 26 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Our Success Stories

Testimonials

Our Mission

NAMI West Central Indiana advocates for support, effective treatment and education for individuals and families directly and indirectly affected by mental illness in our community.

NAMI-WCI

Hours
Monday-Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am-1pm

Address
913  Columbia St
Lafayette IN 47901

  

We'd like to invite our followers/supporters to attend a film screening here in Lafayette at on Sept 23, 24, and 26th at 7PM at GQT Wabash Landing 9 and GQT Eastside 10 IMAX

The film is Coming Up for Air, an award winning feature drama focusing on the impact of mental health on families. The film will address how crises that may lead to tragedy can be de-escalated and the impact mental health has on families. It also aims to bring community discussion about biases in mental health treatment and appreciation of how it impacts us all.

NAMI-WCI will be there with an information booth so come visit with us!

If you'd like to learn more you can view the trailer by visiting the Vimeo link below or by visiting the film's website at:

www.comingupforairmovie.com/
vimeo.com/356881427

Coming Up For Air Movie

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Tonight seems like a great night for pizza! Visit Hotbox on campus/West Lafayette tonight to support Purdue's CPNP and NAMI-WCI!Springing another dine & donate on you this Thursday, Sept 19th at HotBox Pizza !!

This one is being organized and hosted by Purdue University College of Pharmacy to benefit NAMI-WCI! Special thanks to Amanda Schoettmer for putting this together.

Just bring the flyer or mention CPNP and Hotbox will donate 20% of your total!
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