Mental health & addiction advocacy

For people with mental illnesses or addictions, it is important to speak up and spread awareness. Not only does this build a healthier sense of self, it could help eliminate the stigma, bring important issues to light and put an end to discrimination. Find tips and strategies for self-advocating in Stark County.

Tips for self-advocacy

The following skills can help you educate your peers, loved ones and important decision-makers about mental health and addiction-related issues:

  • Be sure to listen and communicate your ideas clearly
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up for the issues that matter to you
  • Set clear goals, benchmarks and expectations to help guide your advocacy
  • Tell your story – it’s often the most compelling argument
  • Understand you might receive criticism, and don’t let it slow you down
Helpful links

Facing Addiction Advocacy & Action Agenda

Advocacy action plan to help address issues related to substance use and addiction.

Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

Advocating for education and awareness to help influence public policies and strengthen Ohio communities.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy

Helping individuals, families and friends affected by mental illness to transform their experiences into grassroots advocacy campaigns.

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Stark County

Improving the lives of individuals and families in Stark County who have been touched by mental illness through public education and information, family and peer support, advocacy, fundraising and awareness.