Be An Advocate!
Becoming an advocate for mental health is a great way to get involved in your community! Jefferson Center has a Policy Action Network (PAN) which establishes and maintains positive relationships with elected officials and other decision-makers to promote adequate resources and improve the lives of community members. We provide advocates with up-to-date information about legislation and issues related to mental health. By working together to be a voice for mental health, we can make a real difference!
- Make a phone call, write a letter or an email to your legislators
- Schedule an informal visit prior to the session
- Volunteer on a political campaign
- Attend your legislators Town Hall meetings
- Speak before a committee
- Ask to be placed on the legislator’s mailing lists
- Speak about mental health issues to your friends/family/neighbors
Make it Personal
Communicate & Advocate
- Be brief, prepared, clear, honest, accurate, persuasive, timely, persistent and grateful.
- Let the legislator know that you are there to serve as a resource. Be a partner, not an adversary.
- Listen to what your legislator has to say on the issue.
- Be sure to thank the legislator for taking the time to hear your position with a short follow-up.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Colorado – www.namicolorado.org
Mental Health America – www.mentalhealthamerica.net
Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) – www.cbhc.org