Capitol Day 2019
Thank you for attending the NAMI Texas Capitol Rally Day & Advocacy Training! See you in 2021!
2019 Texas Mental Health Capitol Day Rally and Advocacy Training!
Hosted by NAMI Texas and DBSA Texas G.O.
Advocacy is so important: every American with a mental health condition deserves the opportunity for recovery. Elected officials are faced with a host of issues and interest groups. Your personal relationship—and a well-crafted message—can make the difference in their attention to and support of mental health issues. Your story shows that mental health conditions are common and recovery is possible
Yet, too few people get the care they need. There is an average delay of 8 to 10 years before people get an accurate diagnosis. And fewer than half of children and adults with mental health conditions receive any treatment at all. Finally, those who do receive treatment often don’t get the types of services and supports that are proven effective.
So, what can you do to change this situation? Talk to your legislator! Legislators respond best to people they know who live in their district. Hundreds of bills land on their desk every session, so a personal story from a constituent increases the chance that they will take action.
The Mental Health Capitol Day Rally and Advocacy is the perfect way to tell your story to your legislator and be part of the movement for mental health reform! We will see you in 2021!
Mental health advocates from across the state gathered in Austin on February 6, 2019 to #Act4MentalHealth and to talk with their legislators. Over 300 people gathered at the Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church for a welcome from Ellic Sahualla, Chief of Staff of Speaker pro tempore Joe Moody. This was followed by an issue briefing and advocacy training. Participants carried custom made signs as they walked over to the Capitol for a rally on the steps, followed by meetings with their legislators. Following the meetings, the advocates gathered back at the Room to report on the many successful meetings they had.
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