An important part of our work at NAMI Chicago is the role we play as advocates for better quality mental health services, a more comprehensive system that is fully funded, and the support services needed to live in recovery.

Your voice matters. Here's how to get involved!

APPLY TO BE AN ADVOCATE. NAMI Chicago trains volunteers to tell their personal mental health journeys for advocacy, and provides opportunities to get involved in policy work on the city and state level.

CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS regarding mental health policy

READ AND SHARE OUR REPORTS about mental health systems and best practices, juvenile diversion and more

Policy Priorities

To identify the most urgent gaps in the local and statewide mental health system, NAMI Chicago conducted a stakeholder survey in July 2018. This is what we heard, and the policy priorities we developed through 2020 based on your feedback.

For more information on our advocacy, please contact Tony Smith, Policy Manager at or 312.563.0445.