ORGANIZE & ADVOCATE
Host events or reach out to policy makers in your community.
Become an Ambassador
Become an Alive and Well STL Ambassador. Training is provided, and ambassadors help to lead conversations around behavioral health, trauma, and toxic stress in their organizations, neighborhoods, or faith communities.
Host an Event
Host or attend a National Alliance on Mental Illness Sharing Hope program, an interactive presentation designed to increase knowledge and resources about behavioral health in African American communities.
Bring a CHADS (Communities Healing Adolescent Depression & Suicide) presentation to your school, parent-teacher organization, youth organization, church, or business.
Advocate for Policies
Advocate for policies that improve access to quality behavioral health care, reduce mental health disparities, provide early screenings, and create consistent monitoring and evaluation systems by writing to or calling your local and state policy makers, such as members of the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives.
Support those helping to break down barriers. For example, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri provides free legal representation to those with mental illness facing discrimination or other civil rights issues. The organization engages volunteers from the legal profession, as well as the general public.
Write a Letter
Write a letter to the editor or op-ed to increase awareness around behavioral health and trauma or in support of investment in evidence-based behavioral health initiatives.
Share Your Ideas
Share your ideas and experiences to shape the future of behavioral health care in the Care for Your Mind community.