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

    November 20 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  2. NAMI Craft Club

    November 20 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Our Success Stories

Testimonials

Our Mission

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

NAMI-WCI

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

Address
1508 Tippecanoe Street, Rm 1-906
Lafayette IN 47904

  

At NAMI-WCI, we are thankful for all our members and volunteers who keep us going and contribute so much to our organization. Since November is often a time when we reflect on the things we're most thankful for, we're publishing a special piece in our newsletter about the power of thankfulness, and we want to hear from our NAMI members and friends!

What or who are you thankful for?

If you're interested in being featured in our newsletter, please send a couple sentences to office@nami-wci.org or reply below explaining why you're thankful this year.
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Thank you to Valley Oaks Health and their PATH Street Outreach Team as well as Trinity United Methodist Church, Lafayette, IN for organizing and hosting this year's "Sleep a Night On Our Streets" event.

NAMI-WCI appreciates all their work on behalf of those who face the burden of homelessness. #community #support #endhomelessness #awareness
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NAMI-WCI would like to send a thank you to everyone who attended the NAMI-WCI Faithnet Bridge's of Hope Luncheon yesterday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, and to our partnering agencies. Valley Oaks Health Sycamore Springs Willowstone Family Services Mental Health America Wellspring Counseling Center

A special thank you to our presenters Luci Keazer, Kurt Harker, and Sandy Donahue for helping to make it such a wonderful and informative event!
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