How we define it:
To be a mental health advocate means to stand up and speak on the behalf of yourself and others. Advocacy is about getting involved and making a difference on a personal or legislative level that could impact your life as well as others. Advocates promote hope, help, and support in effort to make a positive difference in the lives of people to ensure they know they are “not alone”. Learn more about what becoming an advocate means, the different types of advocacy, why it is important, and myths of advocacy.
Who Could Benefit? Anyone who has a mental health disorder, including yourself. These disorders can range from mild to severe.
Institutions and government listen more to larger numbers of voices. Being effective at advocacy with our elective officials demands that we remain familiar with pending legislative activities and legislation - at all levels.
Virginia General Assembly:
Executive Directors from four Virginia MHA affiliates met recently with U.S. Senator Mark Warner's staff to provide information on mental health needs in Virginia and MHA affiliate services. Pictured are:
Bruce Cruser (MHA Virginia/Richmond), Anna Mendez (Partner for Mental Health/Charlottesville), Ashley Reynolds Marshall (MHA Roanoke Valley) and Donna Gum (MHA of Augusta).
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