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Current Advocacy Campaigns

Share Your Mental Health Story to Help Others

Your story can have a powerful impact on lawmakers and community stakeholders. Often, personal stories have a greater impact than statistics found in scientific reports.

NAMI Texas is currently collecting personal stories to better educate lawmakers on the impact that mental health policies, programs, and funding have on the health and well-being of Texans living with mental illness and their families.

If you would like to share your mental health story to help others receive comprehensive and timely mental health services, please submit to our STORY BANK.


In mid-February and again in September, 2020, NAMI Texas sent a six-question questionnaire on mental health policy to every candidate running a contested state legislative race. Although those races have been decided, their responses provide insight on their perspectives around mental health. Review our LEGISLATIVE QUESTIONNAIRES to see where your legislators stand on mental health.

NAMI Texas does not endorse or support any candidate or parties, and the inclusion or exclusion of a candidate’s answers does not indicate a position on the candidate by NAMI Texas. Inclusion in this guide does not indicate that NAMI Texas endorses a candidate’s positions provided in the questionnaire.

COVID-19 & Mental Health Policy

COVID-19 has been more than a public health crisis: it’s been an economic downturn, an upheaval of social norms, and a mental health crisis.  Individuals who have never experienced mental health issues before are now struggling with anxiety and depression from the crisis, and individuals with previous mental health conditions may have fewer supports and greater stressors than before.

  • Of Americans surveyed, 15% state say their mental health is already suffering as a result of COVID-19 social distancing, compared to their physical (6%) or financial health (9%).
  • This number can worsen based on demographics – 26% of individuals ages 18-44 believe their mental health is suffering under social distancing, compared to 5% of those ages 65 or older. One in half parents of minor children reported their mental health is suffering, compared to 13% of adults with no minor children at home

Unfortunately, millions of Texans don’t have access to life-saving health care because they are uninsured. Join the #SickOfIt campaign and write to Gov. Abbott and urge him to expand Medicaid.

Visit our COVID-19 & MENTAL HEALTH POLICY page to learn more about the action taken at the local, state, and national levels, on behalf on individuals living with mental illness and their families.

Past Advocacy Events & Campaigns

Capitol Day 2019

Advocacy Links

Additional information on mental health advocacy can be found below. The links provided are not endorsed by or related to NAMI Texas. For an in-depth look at NAMI’s national advocacy efforts, please visit If you would like to recommend a link be added to the list below, please contact NAMI Texas.

Mental Health/Advocacy Organizations

National Organizations

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Commission on Disability Rights- American Bar Association
Mental Health America
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Statewide/Local Organizations

Center for Public Policy Priorities
Disability Policy Consortium
Disability Rights Texas
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Texas Chapter
Texans Care for Children
Texas Coalition for Healthy Minds
Texas Counseling Association
Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
Texas Jail Project
Hogg Foundation

State Agencies

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Division for Rehabilitation Services
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Texas Legislature Online

Federal Agencies

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN)
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute of Mental Health
OSERS: Office of Special Education and Programs (OSEP)
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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